East York artist Karin McLean has worked as a visual display artist for more than 40 years.
What propelled her to paint was when she was walking her dog Henry through the back alleys, parks, ravines of East York. Basically, they were wander and she would be inspired.
Once she started to notice the way light would fall on snow in a laneway, shadows shading a house, the faded details of old buildings she was compelled to document them; especially when so many old homes in the neighbourhood are disappearing.
So, McLean started painting - learning as she went along. She says she was encouraged by selling some pieces that were on loan to Caketown on the Danforth. McLean believes painting is all about 'seeing' and taking the time to really look at your subject. She took classes at the Avenue Road School of the Arts which helped her with perspective, and watches YouTube videos to help her along the way.
From Jan. 3-31, McLean will have her artwork on display at the S. Walter Stewart Library which has a permanent collection of paintings by the Group of Seven.
McLean primarily works in acrylic paint, sometimes in oils, on canvas and sometimes birch panels. Night Snow Alley featured here is acrylic on canvas - discovered one winter night in a Danforth back alley.
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