Lauren Todd Stimson holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture and a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and studied Theater and Geology at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She has a deep love for New England where she was raised, and an interest in the overlap between the built environment and the rural landscape, especially as it relates to historic villages and farms. She is a licensed Landscape Architect in the state of Maine and a Principal at the landscape architecture firm, STIMSON.
Drawing and painting are a way for her to document the character of ordinary remnants and site patterns. She continues to challenge herself with oil painting on canvas, linen, wood, board and paper, documenting farm life and the cultural landscapes of rural Massachusetts and the islands of Maine. She discovered painting as a way to exercise the freedom of abstraction, but she actually finds it much more difficult than the measured drawings she deals with daily as a landscape architect.
Lauren learns a great deal about plants from her garden and finds great comfort and happiness in cooking. Along with her husband, daughter and son, she runs Charbrook Farm and Nursery in Princeton, MA at the base of Brown Hill and Mount Wachusett.