Courtney Lachausse imprints a floral design into a wooden picture frame.

Courtney Lachausse imprints a floral design into a wooden picture frame.

Courtney Lachausse

Courtney Lachausse bends over her dining room table, a hot tool in her hand, as she burns a flower pattern into a wooden frame. Courtney says wood-burning is a nonverbal release. “Painting wasn’t expressive enough for me,” the 27-year old said. “Wood-burning is like a more brutal way of painting. It’s a really patient process and it’s therapeutic. It totally takes my mind off of everything else — in that moment, I feel free.” She has been creating her art for seven years. “It’s cool, because I burn images of nature on a piece of nature as my canvas,” she says. “Different types of wood respond differently, so you have to learn the wood. You have to just flow with it.” Courtney displays and sells her work in local businesses and online. She tries not to wonder what people think of her creations, because then she says she starts making mistakes. “Once you put it down, there’s no erasing it. If it doesn’t speak to my soul, I don’t do it­­ — I have no need for it,” she says. “It’s all about beautiful burned-in wood, or as Bob Ross would say, ‘It’s your world.’”

Story and photo by Danielle Sonnier

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