Laurel Wilson turns a childhood artistic talent into a career as an artist.

Oklahoma City-based artist and Citizen Potawatomi Nation Melot family descendant Laurel Wilson tries anything and everything in her work. She spent her time as an undergraduate at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, exploring.

“I learned everything from printmaking, screen printing. I took some graphic design courses. They just weren’t my thing. (I) did a lot of figure drawing, oil pastels, oil paints, watercolors, charcoal, the works, all of that,” she said.

Wilson showed artistic talent as a child. As a sixth-grader, she entered the Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition of the 2009 Oklahoma State Fair after taking her first art classes. Her pen and ink landscape won first place, best in show and grand champion in her division.

“That was my first time I entered it, and I was like, ‘I’m doing great,’” Wilson said and laughed.