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Beth McLean


About the Artists:
Beth McLean combines an impressionist palette with a loose realist approach to create her light filled oil renditions of low country scenery and people.

Whether working en plein aire or from her personal photographs in her light filled studio on Sullivan’s Island, Ms. McLean has the ability to visualize and render on canvas the particular beauty of the low country landscape. Her pieces trigger a common memory for those that have experienced the glowing light in the landscape and in the faces of the south. McLean’s work often celebrates our bond with nature and in particular our natural coastal surroundings. Whether it is the beauty of the sweet grass in our coastal marshes, the playful dance of sandpipers or the longing to sit and gaze at the ocean; the call of the sea is felt in the luminous paintings by Beth McLean.

Ms. McLean's paintings glow with a soft energy and although her palette is colorful, the paintings are quiet, restful and often tug at your heartstrings. Among her favorite painters are Sorolla, Cassatt and Sargent; these masters of fine art continue to inspire her to paint soulful renditions of ordinary people in an extraordinary light and help drive home her desire to capture the emotion of the moment. Her optimism and love of life are evident in her moving, warm and distinctly classic paintings that capture the way of life on our sea islands and surrounding low country areas.

McLean graduated from UNC, Wilmington and the Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale. She is a member of Oil Painters of America as well as the Charleston Artist Guild.

Associated Exhibitions
Summer Wind - Book Signing & Group Show
Mary Alice Monroe's second book in the Summer Girls trilogy, The Summer Wind, is the inspiration for this group show of paintings by a few of our summer girls!
June 3 - June 21, 2014
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Innocence and Grace
A Group Show featuring the figurative work of Jim Darlington, Sue Foell, Isabel Forbes and Beth McLean
October 7 - October 31, 2011
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Coastal Heritage - Our Bond with Nature
New Paintings by Leslie Pratt-Thomas & Beth McLean--Sandpiper Gallery
July 13 - August 16, 2011
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