I create abstract paintings through the manipulation and layering of acrylic. I strive to produce work that stretches the definition of acrylic painting using a novel, multistep process. Each painting is composed of acrylic that is altered when freed from substrate. The acrylic is subsequently layered onto the final surface to add dimensionality and increase intrigue. I produce abstract work that is driven by themes of expression of emotion, self-awareness and self-worth, and interactions with nature. Each theme represents a force that has impacted my life and makes me who I am: Laura Hapka, artist.