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Episode 54 - Mike Maclean, plein air oil painter from Chelmsford, MA

New England July

Growing up in the Boston suburbs I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by all the beauty that New England has to offer. Within a short distance I can be trekking through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, watching the waves crash against the rocky coast of Maine or seeing a sunrise from Cape Cod.

I have been creating art in one form or another for nearly 40 years. I have done Illustration, logo design, web design, murals, posters. I've designed tattoos, graphic novel work, lettered windows and even air brushed t-shirts (come on it was the late 80's). Most of which has been done concurrently with a day job that has enabled me to raise three amazingly wonderful kids.

It is the culmination of all these experiences that I now take to the outdoors of New England to fulfill my true calling that is Outdoor Landscape Painting or Plein Air Painting.

For me, it is the experience and journey of each painting that I find so exhilarating. Not knowing where my next painting will take place, battling the seasonal elements of mother nature in New England and always up against time. All these factors are what brings life to a painting that may not receive the same treatment in the comforts of an art studio.

The world is now my art studio and I hope that you will follow along with me on this journey, seeing this inspiring landscape through my eyes.


B.F.A. Studio Art Painting (Cum Laude) - Framingham State University

Recent Awards and Distinctions

2018 - First Prize - Oil Painting in Professional Oil/Acrylic Category

Chelmsford Art Society 50th Annual 4th of July Art Festival

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