Laura Shafer (May 12, 1872 - June 25, 1952) began her career at the age of 60 as a watercolor artist. The artist once said that she was so busy during her younger years that she simply had no time to paint. Her paintings were highly praised by viewers saying they evoked strong memories and emotion. Many universities, fairs, and galleries held her paintings, including Denison University and the Hartford Fair. Her art was also shown nationally, one instance being through the Washington Water Color Society at the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington D.C. The show also hosted artists from 33 other states. At 73, Shafer exhibited 80 different paintings in a gallery. With her husband, Edward, she had a son and two daughters.
- Nellie Crombie, “Croton Woman Becomes Artist At 60; Wins Critics’’ Praise.” (c. 1932)
- "Artist Dies,” June 25, 1952.