Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his picture.
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
May you find this journey a simple, visual feast and a glimpse into my creative and vibrant soul. Art is a life-long passion, which I have now transformed into a full time career. It is my hope that my life and prior career experiences in the medical, business, development, maritime and art fields add richness and complexity to my artistic representation of each subject matter I paint.
Inspired by nature, animals, architecture, and above all the human connection, I aspire to capture the essence and freshness of my broad subject range using pleasing design, broad strokes, lively color and vibration of light and shadows. When painting landscapes on location (Plein Air) I must be well-organized, quick and decisive to capture the essence before the light changes!
Understanding anatomy and mass is critical for painting animal portraits and human portraits. I strive to evoke the particular attitude and soul of the being through the eyes. Dog portraits require compassionate understanding, allowing me to see the dog through the owners eyes. For maritime pieces, when painting a sailing vessel, I pay strict and thoughtful attention to the detailed rigging, sails, and direction of the wind, so that I may depict the conditions accurately for a discriminating sailor’s eye. Architectural paintings require the same discernment, especially when commissioned for a house portrait.
Fulfilling a dream of being a successful artist is very exciting and I truly hope that you feel my exuberance and capture my enthusiasm in the pages of my new career. Please join my mailing list and let me know how I can improve ! I look forward to hearing from you.
Carol McClees, a contemporary realist, trained in both the Schuler and Hensche traditions. Incorporating a balanced design with truthful color variations is her intention when bringing her subjects to life on canvas; whether it is a maritime landscape, a beloved animal, or architectural delight. Challenged by forever changing light out of doors makes her strive to paint the essence of her subject quickly and with color accuracy and harmony. Carol’s goal is to find the convergence of the dramatic play between lights and darks in conjunction with the tonal and textural qualities of the subject matter. When accomplished, she believes that artistic tension is at its best, leaving the viewer to complete the story.
Selected juried shows she has participated in include: Spring 2017 Finalist NOAPS Spring International On-Line Exhibit, ASMA Coos Art Museum annual show, ASMA East Regional Show Blue Water/Still Water, 82nd and 83rd MPSGS International Art exhibit in Miniature, 24th and 25th Seaside Art Gallery International Miniature Show. Her work is part of many private collections throughout the mid-Atlantic and New England.
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I use professional grade oil and watercolor paints as well as high quality boards and canvasses. Each painting is varnished before completion.