John McLaughlin

Knee Room
My painting and drawing process is a delicate balance of skill and intuition. A fluctuation of control and careful planning, along with letting go, allowing for surprises, then bringing it all back into a state of focus. There are many layers to my painting and drawing activity, from the idea/germination stage, to developing the concept, the selection of color, medium and creating the “surface” reality. This leaves a combination of scribbled marks along with more thought out drawing. It is an inward journey, wrestling with the muse, seeking the unknown, and expressing emotions that are often without definition. Being a self taught artist, I draw upon a multitude of life experiences for my style and subject matter. From known natural objects to the unknown forms and figures. I find beauty in the mystery and undefined, all of which somehow seem to have a purpose for me that demand to be created.