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Art & Life with Jeannie McGuire

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeannie McGuire.

Jeannie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am a Pittsburgh-based figurative artist. This region in western Pennsylvania with its multigenerational neighborhoods, diverse culture, and rich industrial history has made a lasting impression on me, and the art I create.

I started my professional career in corporate graphic design and photography, freelance design, commissioned portraits, figurative work, and co-managing a gallery — to what I continue to do today; creating original works of art, instructing figurative design workshops domestic and abroad, jurying exhibitions, and exhibiting in national, international and invitational shows.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a painter of people and their character. Working primarily in watercolor, my paintings are bold and impressionistic, and I approach my work from the perspective of a story. I design detailed drawings directly onto my watercolor paper, allowing the organic shapes of my figures to be supported by graphic emphasis on the background instead of scenery. Large flat brushes keep my style loose, and I apply my pigments in a higher ratio of pigment to water. I embrace the freedom to change my mind throughout the painting process, which allows each piece to be unique.

My references are a combination of my own photos, life drawings, and found photos. Some of my favorite subjects are the people and workers in the iron, steel and coal industry. Often, the situation in my photo will spark a memory, bring to mind a book or a movie, etc. and the figures become the vehicle to my imaginative tale.

My artistic desire is to develop a personal interpretation of the people in my paintings that are fresh, luminous, a touch exotic, and full of mood or character. I hope people find themselves compelled to linger for awhile when viewing my art — until it acquires a life of its own.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
Success can be as small as a zing in the gut, an essential acknowledgment of artistic growth, and as big as the gratitude that follows. Acquiring the time needed for this intensity can be immensely difficult. So, patience and clarity of mind have become my mantra.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Currently on the calendar – Grand Palais, Champs-Elysées, Paris, France, February 12-17, 2019.

Juror representation – San Diego Watercolor Society Gallery, 2825 Dewey Rd #105, The Arts District Liberty Station, September 29-October 30, 2019, 10-4 Daily.

My studio in Pittsburgh by appointment,

My website – paintings, exhibitions, and workshops,

Special note – San Diego Watercolor Society Workshop, 2825 Dewey Rd #202, The Arts District Liberty Station, August 12-16, 2019, For details

Contact Info:

Image Credit:

Shane McGuire – Photo of the artist
Jeannie McGuire – All others

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