Laurel Shear is currently living and working in the Bay Area, California. She recently earned her MFA from The University of Texas at Austin, in 2015. Shear graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University. She has studied fine art abroad at Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy, and at Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia. She has been awarded fellowships to study at Tyler School of Art - Summer Painting Intensive (2011) and Ox-Bow School of Art (2013 and 2014). She has shown at Incline Gallery in San Francisco, TSA LA in Los Angeles and Fort Gansevoort Gallery in New York. She is represented by Fort Gansevoort in New York.