Lauren Browning was born in Miami, Florida, but moved to Austin,Texas, when she was nine. After high school, Lauren spent eight years working as a creative chef, playing guitar, and exploring the many spring-fed creeks in the Texas Hill Country. Lauren's insatiable desire to learn eventually led her back to school. In just a few years, she had earned her Ph.D. in geology and began working as a research geochemist on projects for NASA and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In 2007, Lauren took the big leap to re-explore her creative side and began working full-time as a stone sculptor. As a full-time, professional artist, Lauren has, once again, found herself surrounded by plentiful opportunities to learn, express herself, and shine.
Lauren Browning's seductively curving sculptures often evoke feelings of flowing water, animal forms, and joy. She draws heavily from both her strong analytical background and her creative mind to refine her designs, typically arranging a swarm of lines and curves together into intricately coherent patterns. Lauren's sculptures are considered "highly original", "organic" and "meticulously crafted", with strong flow, tension, and movement.
When Lauren is not carving exotic tabletop-sized stones in her hill country studio or sculpting a massive boulder at James Hendrick's studio in downtown San Antonio, she volunteers significant time working as an activist for social justice. Lauren believes in the power of community, and frequently shares her love of art with other community members in local schools and organizations. Currently, she serves as co-Administrator of Stone Carvers and Friends, a popular international sculpting group on Facebook. Lauren is also an active member of the Texas Sculpture Association, Texas Sculpture Group, and International Sculpture Center.