June 19, 2016 in Uncategorized
The artist’s inspiration comes from everything in her surroundings. Some pieces are from particular emotions which she is experiencing at the time and others are from the past. One particular piece entitled “Secret Lives” is created from a cupboard which she found in her father’s garage which upon inspection was discovered had a hidden drawer holding a bank account book showing withdrawals of a consistent and suspicious nature. It is in the artist’s nature to be resilient and adapt to her surroundings.
She has always utilized whatever materials are available to her, not always having the means to buy canvas and paints of the professional ilk. One of her paintings was created on an old dog kennel door, the scratches from the previous clientele, provided an interesting background to the paint and shards of glass which were added.
Texture and movement are important in her process. The floor of her old studio is a testament of just how violently paint and material were thrown about to create her piece entitled “Jazz Man”. The artist manipulates the paint with objects other than a brush, sometimes using a blow torch to create the desired effect. The piece titled “Savannah Pond” almost caused a fire in her garage (thankfully it was midwinter and snow and some furious shoveling came to the rescue)
Alix McLachlan began her artistic career at an early age – beginning with taking oil painting classes with her mother in the early seventies. After a “brief” hiatus caused by criticism from an old art teacher in high school, she started painting seriously again in 2006 when she encountered The Edge Gallery and began her career anew. Raising her daughter Chloe singlehandedly while providing creature comforts and “old school” guidance the artist has emerged a full grown human being and her only regret is that her mother, Peggy, isn’t with her today to share her joy.
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