KAREN McLEAN Artist and Photographer

Karen McLean has lived and worked for over twenty-five years in the Princeton/Hopewell area where she is well known as an artist, photographer, and teacher.

McLean graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. Having completed her first oil painting at the age of five, she has continued to produce fine art images in various media to the present day.

McLean’s interest in photography developed on a trip to Czechoslovakia in 1989. In 1993 she was asked by “Wine & Spirits” magazine to photograph a cover story on Chardonnay. It was the first of many subsequent assignments. In addition to food and wine, classical sculpture, gardens, and especially trees and flowers, are her particular focus.

Several years ago she began experimenting with ways to bring together the two disciplines of photography and drawing/painting with their very different technical aspects and visual possibilities. She started both printing and transferring her photographs onto archival watercolor paper, and then altering them through drawing and painting. Materials she has used include regular and iridescent acrylics, colored pencil, pastels, pastel pencils and ink. Most recently she began experimenting with metallic paints and inks and varying the degree of transparency or reflective quality in the surface of the images.

She continues to develop her personal imagery, as well as to work
on editorial /commercial assignments locally and on annual trips to Europe.

“My photography grew out of a career as a professional artist working in diverse drawing and painting media. Looking through the camera to explore some of the same pictorial issues of light, space, and form I in fact discovered this relationship to be more private and intimate than had been possible thus far in other mediums. One result of my fine arts background is that for me every successful image must combine a satisfying abstract component with the evocation of a particular time, place and light. I am in love with the sensuality and transformative quality of light. In photography I found an intensely reciprocal relationship between the natural world and myself. For me photography is about the act of seeing, and secondarily about creating images. The images are rarely preconceived, but are discovered or recognized.”

Telephone: 609 466-3475
Email: karen@karenmclean.com

Commissions welcome and art purchases available upon request , please inquire.

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