“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 ..” – John McLaughlin
John McLaughlin speaks for The Interview Series, May 11, 2020
–How did you become an artist?
I feel I’ve always been an artist. I lived for the one hour weekly art class in first grade. My work would always get the gold star and stand out differently from the other students’ work. That used to concern me.
-Was there a particular piece / body of work / experience that inspired you?
An art piece that particularly sticks in my mind is “The Window” 1916 by Henri Matisse. The painting is in the permanent collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts and still knocks me out every time I see it.
–What images or things do you keep in your studio that influence your work?
In my work area I keep mostly sculptures by other artists I admire. I also collect children’s art.
-What positive outcome do you hope will occur due to the pandemic experience?
What I hope to see post virus is that people keep walking and bicycling. I have seen an increase in our local population out walking, jogging, biking, etc – and I hope they realize how healthy and invigorating it is, and continue to do so. Leave that car parked!
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.