Elizabeth McKinney

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Elizabeth McKinney
Elizabeth McKinney
McKinney, Raven, 2016, 12x15
McKinney, Red Fish, 2015, 12x9
McKinney, Seed, 2015, 9x12
McKinney, Red Lobster, 2017, 9x12

In art school, which I returned to at age 40, we had an illustration assignment to draw upon our angst, to portray the pain of the artistic intellect. I couldn’t do it. For me, creating is my bliss, my joy, what I was put on this earth to do, what I yearn to be doing when there’s other stuff I have to do. I did do the assignment. If you meet  me, you can ask me what I did for that assignment.

Color enraptures me. I want to capture it and make it something beautiful and fascinating; I want to surround myself with it. The abstract elements of my paintings reflect the teeming life of the sea and the earth. I hope my paintings make people smile.

I love fish. In making them the subjects of more than one of my series, I’ve studied them in detail. At first it was a challenge to bring out their subtle color blendings and physical attributes.

There‘s a lot of stipple in my work. This is something I learned to love doing in art school with pen and ink and wanted to learn to incorporate in paintings. The act of stipple is so meditative that I find it soothing, and I find the results lively.

I consider myself a working artist. In Maine, most of the population works more than one job, we do the one thing we love, then keep our heads above water with the next thing, and then the next thing. And so I paint windows, peoples’ faces, walls, as well as canvases.

When you have a creative soul, it effects every aspect of life, it is valid in whatever you choose to do.

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”

– Emile Zola

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

– Andy Warhol

McKinney, Red Lobster, 2017, 9x12 8 months ago
McKinney, Seed, 2015, 9x12 8 months ago
McKinney, Red Fish, 2015, 12x9 8 months ago
McKinney, Raven, 2016, 12x15 8 months ago
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