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July 2011

The Wells Gallery on Kiawah Island, SC, Features Works by Rick McClure

The Wells Gallery at The Sanctuary in Kiawah Island, SC, is presenting the exhibit, Tranquility, featuring peaceful oil paintings that evoke a feeling of calm and beauty by Rick McClure, on view through July 10, 2011.

McClure has been painting for more than 25 years. His free, painterly approach to recording locations in America and abroad has become popular with collectors nationwide, and McClure has captured numerous awards including those at the American Impressionists Society National Exhibition, the 71st Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club and the Best of Show at the å.

McClure is also a member of the Oil Painters of America, a signature member of the The National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters and the American Impressionist Society. Collectors and critics alike praise McClure for his style, and his devotion to his art.

McClure’s admiration for the landscape is evident when gazing upon his works, and it is easy to see that his true passion is found in capturing the landscape En Plein Aire. Plein Aire is a French term that means painting out of doors in natural light. Impressionist painters such as Camille Pissarro and Edouard Manet were some of the first painters to employ the Plein Aire techniques in which the artist would paint outside, working to capture the changing and fleeting light.

McClure’s paintings are infused with the techniques of European Impressionists and elements of the natural environment. Many of his on location gems stand on their own while others form the basis for larger studio works, all of which sparkle with spontaneity.

“My sincerest hope is that upon introspection, the viewer will gain a greater appreciation for the beauty that is our world,” states McClure. This gift for capturing the true feeling of the outdoors saturates his canvasses to the delight of the viewer, and it is brought to us in his depictions of Kiawah and the surrounding area.

McClure offers the following about this exhibit, “As a painter I am drawn to depicting the marshes of the Lowcountry. The ever changing light from the South Carolina sky provides me with a variety of moods when it comes to rendering the marsh waters and grasses. It was my goal as an artist to convey this message on canvas in this exhibition.”

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