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Karen McLain - Fine Artist

About Karen McLain

Learn more about Karen McLain from Apache Junction, AZ - United States.








Karen McLain, an Arizona native, grew up with the outdoors as the backdrop for her adventurous spirit. With a preference for being outdoors, painting the landscape en Plein air was a natural choice. The excitement and challenge of changing light and demanding conditions bring immediacy and feel to outdoor work. Working as a wrangler, and spending time with her own horses was the beginning inspiration for painting horses from life. 'Painting how the light hits the coat, the way the shadows form and color reflects is the visual part of the craft. Knowing how the horse moves, reacts, thinks and feels gives insight into my subject. Putting those two together is what I call 'Painting the Heart of the Horse'. That is what inspires me.' McLain studied art at Arizona State University, earning a degree in Studio Art. She later went on to more traditional studies at Scottsdale Artists School. Her works, recognized for the strong appeal of life, which draw the viewer intimately in, are included in private and corporate collections.

Karen McLain joined Fine Art America on August 5th, 2010.