Andy MacLean is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2000), currently living in northeastern Nova Scotia. MacLean teaches drawing and painting at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish.
It seems that there is an honesty and sincerity in limiting my subject matter to my immediate surroundings. Painting thus becomes a simple marriage of the circumstance of place and the artist’s materials.
My opinion as a painter is that great art is produced by a balanced consideration of materials and subject; something painted well is not simply an accurate pictorial description of a specific thing, but a means to convey insights and observations given through the handling of the medium.
As a representational painter, I feel a kind of satisfaction with the appearance of nature, but the work must also be a manifestation of the medium, something that could not function in any other discipline.