Laurie Fronek was born near Chicago, grew up in rural Illinois and Montana and has lived in Seattle since 1995. In 2012, she was selected for the Artist Trust EDGE Professional Development Program for Visual Artists. After participating in several group exhibitions in and around Seattle, where she showed a series of figurative wire sculptures, she took a break from visual art to design and self-build a house on Whidbey Island with her husband and to develop an entirely new body of work on paper. Laurie earned a bachelor-of-arts degree in art history in 1992 and studied drawing, design and sculpture at Smith College. She has worked as a writer and editor, specializing in medical topics, since 1993.