Karen McLean-McGaw, nationally acclaimed artist and Santa Barbara native, has been capturing the essence of local landscapes for the past 25 years with her vibrant and sensitive watercolors. Karen is well known for her landscapes, sensitive watercolors, and waterfront settings in California, France and Italy where she travels annually.

Her small format paintings are executed “en plein air”, while larger compositions are painted in her studio. She is frequently invited to jury shows, demonstrate her painting techniques and teach workshops. In addition to major corporate and private collections, her work has been featured on magazine covers and 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 and mesmerizing qualities of water that grab my attention.

SCAPE | Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment

~ Artist's News ~

Karen McLean-McGaw
ArtWalk Exhibit Winner

2009 Santa Barbara ArtWalk Outdoor Exhibition Winner

The Santa Barbara ArtWalk is an annual event for local and featured artists, and the 21st annual ArtWalk displayed the work of over 60 artists. This year's 2009 exhibition event, presented by the Museum League, highlighted the California Landscape from Realism to Abstraction.


Copyright © 2007 | Website by Fudurich Designs

The Millennium Digital Copyright Act makes the unauthorized use of copyright material a felony.