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Abby McClure


Years ago while hiking in a field in Chadds Ford PA, I experienced a tranquil, twilight scene I have spent my career trying to recapture. A fellow artist recently described my work as 'magical realism' and though I had never heard the term, it made immediate sense. My work portrays a realistic view of the world as I also attempt to uncover its mystical elements. I am primarily self-taught, paint in oils on panel and use cold wax as a varnish. I refer to sketches, photographs and memories for subject matter and listen to meditative music while I work. In the last several years I lost the central and peripheral vision in one eye as well as depth perception, even though multiple major eye surgeries attempted to save the sight. What was at first a tragedy, I now view as a pivotal experience. I am grateful for my remaining vision and have a desire to create more than ever. As I engage in my familiar creative process, fear and uncertainty of my future eyesight disappears. I continue to paint twilight landscapes because of the calm feeling they evoke, much like the scene that originally inspired me.