Artist: Mary Ellen McLaughlin
A native of Syracuse, New York, Mary Ellen McLaughlin studied Fine Art at Munson-Williams-Proctor in Utica, New York, and Fine Art and Graphic Arts and Design at the School of Visual Arts, Manhattan. She worked as a graphic artist in New York and a free-lance graphic artist in Central New York.
A 20+-year moratorium of her study and pursuit of art was ended when she moved to Savannah, Georgia with her husband, Peter Rowe. With more personal time, she has renewed her long-retired interest in painting and drawing.
She derives her inspiration from the architecture of the Savannah Historic District, the familiar objects that surround her throughout her home, and the array of plants and flowers found in her Wilmington Island garden.
Says Mary Ellen, “Because of my busy work schedule, I find myself working at various hours of the day and night. Therefore, I work mostly from photographs, but sketch from the “moment” whenever possible. I find that the sketching process helps me to truly explore my subject matter and better understand it. To infuse my pieces with a glow of light, I apply several layers of transparent watercolors. It is a process that takes a great deal of thought and time, but I find it to be very calming and deeply satisfying to my creative urge.”
Mary Ellen has won many prizes for her artwork including several from the Georgia Watercolor Society, the Southern Watercolor Society and The Artist’s Magazine. In addition, her works are in numerous private collections throughout the United States.