“THE photo transfer exhibit at Art in Bloom was so meaningful to me,” she says. “It’s my ancestors, it’s my story.
I loved seeing the people come in and remember their own stories and share their own stories, too.”
Today, her art is mainly acrylic on canvas. In her studio, two separate works-in-creation sit on easels with
finished canvases against the wall. Post-it notes line her desk. She points to one, then reads out loud.
“Monet said, ‘I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.’” McLoughlin pauses. “I love flowers and nature.
There’s so many flower paintings but these aren’t any particular flower. They grow in my head, they grow on the canvas.”
Most of her work starts without a plan. In her floral abstracts, the flower blossoms after paint, revealing itself amid lush brush-strokes.
Angel Eyes and Ups and Downs display a self-taught technique.
“I’ll take a brush with just water and go down the canvas,” she says. “Then I take the paint loaded brush and put it up there;
it trickles down the wet line. You see a lot of paintings with drips. Maybe because I’m a neat freak, I let them be loose then go
over them and sharpen them up.”
Ups and Downs, 24 x 24 inches, mixed media on canvas. So Simple Then, 10 x 10 inches, mixed media on canvas.
The Ties That Bind, 24 x 12 inches, acrylic on canvas.