Caribbean-inspired art exhibit at Full of Beans

Local artist Laurél Schmid is set to showcase a selection of Caribbean-inspired artworks at a solo exhibition at Full of Beans. 

The works include a rendition of Seven Mile Beach with the sky in textured pearl, violet, azure and orange, and waves in the myriad crystalline blue shades of the Caribbean Sea. 

Originally from Wisconsin, Schmid said her main inspiration comes from the ever-changing colors of the sky and sea in Cayman.  

“I never get tired of it,” Schmid said. “I’m particularly fond of the dramatic storm clouds against the turquoise waters. I find it quite beautiful. There seems to be a common thread of a combination of orange and blue tones in quite a few of the pieces.” 

There are various versions of her seascapes both in calm repose and stormy action, and a wide panoramic image of the sea, sky and clouds at Seven Mile Beach.  

“Sea landscapes are typically done in acrylic,” said Schmid.

“I work in layers and sometimes add elements of texture such as plaster. I have previous experience with faux finishes, so some of the textures I include draw upon that.” 

Schmid has recently expanded into watercolors, and a watercolor rendition of a poinciana is in the currently available 2016 Watercolours Calendar. The original artwork was auctioned in aid of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations and Cayman Hospice at a recent fundraiser at Luca restaurant. She also uses fluid acrylics and colored pencils. 

Other pieces in the show include an image of a starfish in the turquoise waters of Starfish Point and a detailed botanical pencil drawing of a purple flower.  

“Thunbergia Grandiflora is a vine-like flower which can be found in the Botanic Park and growing along the entrance to the Cayman Islands National Gallery,” said Schmid. The flower image is also available as a greeting card for sale in the National Gallery Gift Shop. 

Schmid graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, which included various fine art classes from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She first came to Cayman in the late ‘90s and returned with her husband in 2011. “I guess you could say that the desire to live by the water never left us,” said Schmid.  

Her recent commissions include a Cayman sunset scene and an iris. 

Schmid’s works can be found for sale at the Farmers Market at Camana Bay on Wednesday afternoons, at The Gallery in The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, at the Kennedy Gallery, West Shore Centre, and at White Dog Studio in Breakers. Greeting cards featuring Schmid’s artwork are also available at the National Gallery.  

‘Sunset, South Sound’


Many of Schmid’s artworks are inspired by the Caribbean Sea and its marine life, incluidng this acrylic on canvas of a stafish at Starfish Point.


“Thunbergia Grandiflora” , 8 x 10 Colored Pencil.


‘Iris, for Sue’


“Cayman Sunset”, 12 x 16, Acrylic and texture (commission).