55th Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair Featured Artist

The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library are proud to announce that the Featured Artist for the 55th Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair is Karen McLean-McGaw.

Karen McLean-McGaw, nationally acclaimed artist and Santa Barbara native, has been capturing the essence of California and European landscapes for the past 30 years with her vibrant and sensitive paintings.

Her small format paintings are executed “en plein air.” Larger compositions are created in her studio utilizing the small plein air paintings as studies recording her passion for the color and light of each unique landscape.

Karen is well known for her sensitive expressive watercolor and oil landscapes of California, Hawaii, Italy and France where she travels annually teaching workshops. She is frequently invited to jury shows and demonstrates her painting techniques. In addition to major corporate and private collections, her work has been featured on magazine covers and has won national awards.

“My approach to plein air painting is direct. I strive to convey the uniqueness of the landscape and the feeling of a fleeting moment in time. It may be the angle and subtle color of a shadow or the reflective mesmerizing qualities of water that grab my attention.”

Her “Estuary Reflections” watercolor painting will appear on all post cards, posters, flyers, and other promotional materials.

This year’s Art Fair is being held in Memorial Park on Saturday, May 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Be sure to stop by Karen’s booth (#33) to admire and purchase her inspiring creations.