Meg Mclean, Artist

Meg McLean

Meg Mclean will exhibit “A sampling of themes” at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia at 2701 Heyward Street in Shandon during August and September. There will be an opening reception on Friday, August 17, at 5:00 p.m.

McLean was born in New Canaan, CT, and has lived in Columbia and Blythewood since 1964 with her husband Tom. She has been an award-winning painter since the mid-70s. Her work has been selected for numerous juried shows and traveling exhibits and is included in many private collections on the East Coast. McLean earned the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art at the University of South Carolina, where she concentrated in painting and printmaking.

Meg retired from Columbia College in 2003 as Publications Designer. She has been active in the arts community for many years including 11 years as Superintendent of Fine Arts at the State Fair. She was a president of the Artists Guild of Columbia; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties; the South Carolina Watercolor Society; Trenholm Artists Guild; and the Artists Guild of South Carolina. She participates in a number of art benefits and has been a juror for various art exhibits in Columbia.


A Sampling of Themes


Is there a connection among the several themes in paintings hanging in this exhibit? The best answer is there are myriad things Meg McLean, artistthat catch my eye­ — although not for the same reasons. There are a few watercolors but mainly acrylic paintings, which I have found to be more satisfying in recent years. Whether I’m working in watercolors or acrylics, I make use of bold color, repetition of pattern, and the dramatic effects of light and shadow.

Three Vidalias, Moon Flower Vine, French Lace-Cap II, and Zinnias at Shuttered Window are paintings inspired by my extensive gardens. The translucence of flower petals, the vivid color of blossoms touched by the sun, the subtle changes of color in papery onionskins are the very reasons I want to grow plants and paint them.

Travel inspires observation of the differences abroad from what I see at home. The joyous part of painting places I have visited is that it feels like I am there again all the while I am working on them. Landscapes include several paintings from a recent trip to Ireland where my father’s family took root. These include: An Irish Gathering, View from Brooklodge B&B, A Perk Worth Waiting For, and Thatch-Roofed Cottage. Van Gogh’s Field, Les Andelys, and Lace-Curtained Doorway are three quite distinct views from France.

Closer to home are landscapes of Dejeuner sur l’Herbe at Riverwalk, View from Sassafras, View from Caesar’s Head and Hudson River Valley. From my rural back yard is Bonfire by Moonlight.

Having grown up near NYC, it was somewhat a culture shock to find myself living in rural South Carolina on weekends for the past 55 years. This accounts for my fondness for cows!

If you are interested in purchasing any of the artwork, Please contact Jean Capalbo.

Meg Mclean

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