Laura Palermo has always been passionate about art and animals.
It all began with a turtle…or two. Deeply inspired by wildlife conservation, Palermo was thrilled when she encountered two sea turtles while fishing off the coast of Sullivan’s Island. This wonderful experience in addition to the rousing sea turtle information at the SC Aquarium led to her decision in starting a collection of sea turtle art. A couple of months later the enthusiastic artist was SCUBA certified and eager to swim and study these magnificent creatures in their natural environment. With the goal of further increasing the awareness of today’s dangers threatening these brilliant animals, Palermo posts stories and turtle facts with each piece of art in addition to donating 10% of her profits to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital. She has also spent time as an education volunteer at the SC Aquarium where she enjoyed teaching children the significance of preserving our natural environment.
Laura’s growing curiosity of threatened species has led her in the direction of endangered birds. She is continuing to donate a portion of the profits to several conservation organizations including Charleston’s Center for Birds of Prey, The National Aviary and BirdLife International. Laura Palermo has found that her focus on art activism as a form of aesthetic contribution for conservation of our endangered species has been, and will continue to be, a rewarding experience for both her and her collectors for many years to come.
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Palermo attended Mercyhurst University and acquired a degree in studio art. During her four years in college she also traveled to Europe to study abroad. Living in Florence, Italy for five months, Laura filled her schedule with all art classes. In her free time, she traveled to different parts of France, Greece, and England. Traveling through and being a part of these European cultures has been a further inspiration for Palermo to pursue her career in art.