Wendy McArthur

Atlanta-based Wendy McArthur brings a classical technique to her work. Each composition is the result of an intricate process of under-painting, and many layers of glaze. Large shapes and blocks of color at the start give way to refined sketching, brushwork moving to music, and the use of luminous hues from carefully ground pigments. She avoids outlining objects. Rather, she focuses on painting value changes of color: from soft edges to hard, inviting the viewer’s eye into the scene, while beckoning it toward the subject. Finally, she adds layer upon layer of glaze, requiring work on several pieces in a succession, allowing for each to dry at various stages. This gradual process of indirect painting and layering brings the hints, impressions, and subtle complexities to articulation at the surface of the finished work.