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 Louisa Redfield McElwain  (1953 - 2013)

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Lived/Active: New Mexico/New Hampshire / Mexico      Known for: expressive landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
In Memorium:

Louisa McElwain, 1953 - 2013, was a renowned New Mexico painter famous not only for her thickly impasted landscape paintings of the Southwest, but also her larger than life personality and adventurous, joyful soul. She was a passionate, generous, loving friend and mother.

Louisa lived fully with an extraordinary view and zest for life, which was unrivaled and contagious. Internationally recognized as a master painter, Louisa was a highly creative, intellectual mind, fully immersed in her spirituality, a great humanitarian, a self-sufficient gardener and ranch woman with immense compassion for her animals and the land. She was always strong on her beliefs and whether they were compatible with yours or not, they were true and honest for Louisa. When Louisa entered a room, somehow a crowd would follow. Although frequently asked if she instigated the entourage as a joke, it was always clear that it came from her optimistic energy and magnetism. Her presence was like the summer storms she painted with such understanding and familiarity - always a welcome and refreshing surprise.

She accurately dubbed herself an "extreme painter". Her bliss and fulfillment came to her when she was painting. She frequently shared the stories of the power of nature pulsating through her body when she was one with her environment, and her astonishment of the paintings that resulted. Louisa left a legend. Although she spent much time alone, she reveled in the company of friends, old and new. Her hunger for new experiences, knowledge, sharing herself and truly knowing others was insatiable. Louisa was an artist that lived by her convictions and continually searched for truth. Our hope is that she is in a more exciting and extreme place with a clear view of our vast and unending appreciation of her contribution to our lives.

We miss her greatly and are extremely sorrowful that she left us so soon. Her marks are not only found on her canvases, but on the hearts of each of us that knew her.

Source:
EVOKE Contemporary
http://www.mycowest.org/biobits/mcelwain.htm


Biography from Altamira Fine Art:
Louisa McElwain is a plein-aire impressionist painter whose favorite subjects are her native New Mexico sky and landscape.  Not satisfied simply in painting the elements of a landscape, she actually incorporates them physically into her works.  In her own words, she states:  "During the process of painting large canvases outdoors, the interaction with Nature introduces insects, particles of plants and soil into the paint. To acknowledge the simultaneous levels of reality that surround me, I sometimes deliberately introduce elements into the paint like bits of broken beer bottle, bone, fur, or charred wood.  Anything stuck to the motif, the images, the illusions, the beauty of landscape, I never want to forget that what I am looking at is paint on canvas."

Louisa received her BFA degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Since then she has been in numerous group exhibitions and her work is in many private and corporate collections including the Tucson Museum of Art, AT & T, Pepsi-Cola, Nokia and the University of Pennsylvania.

Her work has also been featured in a variety of publications, among them Time Magazine, Southwest Art magazine and the Denver Post newspaper.

Selected Exhibitions
2007-2008 - Booth Western Art Museum, Atlanta, GA "21st Century Regionalists: Art of the New West."

2007 - Arizona: - Tucson Museum of Art, "Painters of the Grand Canyon"

2006 - New Haven Art Center, New Haven, CT "Particular Places" Honorable Mention

2006 - "Landscapes of New Mexico" book debut, Santa Fe, NM

2005 - Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ "Homecoming: Outside the West

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
St. Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe, NM
Pepsi-Cola, California
AT&T
CA Nokia,
TX INA Corp., PA
Peat Marwick CA
NATO Headquarters, Brussels
University of Texas Law School, Austin, TX
Philadelphia Zoological Society
American Embassies: Sanaa, Bogota, Singapore, Bahrain
University of Pennsylvania, PA

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND CREDIT
Focus Santa Fe, May, 2005 "Exploring the Mysteries of Sensation in the Landscape"
Wolfgang Mabry, Rio Grande Sun, Oct 2002 "Cuarteles Painter Likes to Shovel it on"
Joe Czarek, Southwest Art, Feb, 2002,"New Mexico Regionalists"
Gussie Fauntleroy Art Talk, Feb. 2002 featured artist
New American Paintings, winner, Oct 2000
Southwest Art, cover February 2000 "A Life in Full"
Gussie Fauntleroy, Focus Santa Fe, 1997
"Dancing to the Tempo of the Evolving Day" Charlotte Berney, Southwest Art, 1993
"Satisfying Surfaces" Sally Eauclaire, The New Mexican, 1993
"Exploring the Wild Places, Palette Knife in Hand" Gussue Fauntleroy, Southwest Profile, 1992 cover
"Sensuous and Delicious Color" John Villani, Santa Fean Magazine, 1992
"Palette Knife Wizardry" Ralph Luce, The New Mexican, 1991
"McElwain's Paintings Resonate w. Nature's Unadorned Beauty", The New Mexican, 1991

Biography from Mark Sublette Modern:
Louisa McElwain has been a resident of New Mexico since 1985. She is a plein-air artist, an impressionist, who loves to paint the New Mexico sky and landscape. Louisa stated that "During the process of painting large canvases outdoors, the interaction with Nature introduces insects, particles of plants and soil into the paint. To acknowledge the simultaneous levels of reality which surround me, I sometimes deliberately introduce elements into the paint like bits of broken beer bottle, bone, fur, or charred wood. Anything stuck to the motif, the images, the illusions, the beauty of landscape, I never want to forget that what I am looking at is paint on canvas."

She received her BFA degree from the University of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since then she has been in numerous group exhibitions. Her work is in many private and corporate collections which include the Tucson Museum of Art, AT & T, Pepsi-Cola, Nokia and the University ofPennsylvania. Louisa's work has also been featured in numerous publications, among them "Time" magazine, "Southwest Art" magazine and the "Denver Post.

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