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Artisan Artist Talk: Featured Artist

Featured Artist

Lynn MclainLynn Mclain

I have a continuous love affair with the abstract forms that exist in nature and in our environment. Where one person sees a sidewalk and curb, I see a sweep of texture and shadow. A rusted manhole cover may not scream “art” to most passersby, but it can send me scrambling for my camera and itching for my palette. My goal is to portray the ordinary, even the mundane, in unusual and compelling ways. To do this, I rely on a simple approach to design and composition that can be applied to any subject. The key is to zoom in, focusing on unique textures and spatial relationships--crucial conceptual tools in developing a good painting.

Dramatic lighting is equally important in a work like this, and you may need to use your imagination to get just the right effect. By starting the painting in an abstract manner that eventually emerges as realism, I’m able to get a paradoxical mixture of spontaneity and control in my painting approach.

Lynn MclainBiography:
Living and painting in the village of Tres Ritos, New Mexico, located east of Taos, I am inspired by the natural beauty of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains.

I have been painting and teaching watercolor professionally since 1978. In painting my passion is to expose the abstract forms that exist in nature and our environment that most people may not notice. Through the use of design, texture and color I achieve this. My teaching objectives include sharing my artistic gift; imparting a better understanding of drawing, design, seeing subject matter, use and confidence of the watercolor medium, and how to have fun painting with watercolor.

I am a member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Taos National Society of Watercolorist, New Mexico Watercolor Society and the Southwestern Watercolor Society. I am also a member/founder of the Wet Brush critique group in Albuquerque, NM.

My work has been published in several magazines and books, and exhibited nationally, winning numerous awards. It is included in several noteworthy collections.

I am represented by: Sage Fine Art, 115C East Taos Plaza, Taos, New Mexico 505.758.9396.

At all locations Artisan is a quality store, however, in Taos my experience with Artisan is exceptional. Their staff is customer oriented in every sense of the word. They always make me feel welcome to the point that I consider each one of them a good friend.




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