WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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those photographs, but from her newly renovated home. Her color knowledge, attention to detail, and sense of scale are apparent. Those qualities serve her well when working on custom pieces. Mackin uses a sophisticated marketing approach to reach clients, many of whom commission her to create specific works, but it's her warm, engaging personality and attention to clients' desires that seal the deal. "My clients hire me first and foremost because they love my style and aesthetic, and I promise to always create paintings that embody what they were originally drawn to when they hired me," she said. "When I meet with clients to discuss a new project, whether in person or virtually, we look at my previous work to start the discussion about the piece's overall look. We might talk about creating an abstract cityscape or a softer, more organic painting. We always decide on a specific color palette, size, and usually use one or more of my existing pieces as a jumping off point." Connecting with those who will live with her artwork is especially rewarding. "The creation process has its highs and its challenges, and then each painting finally becomes what it is meant to be," Mackin said. "That feeling of completing a painting is wonderful. But when one of my paintings finds its rightful home, the process is fully complete." Connecting with artists, too, energizes Mackin. She is an original member of Wellesley Women Artisans, a group of creative women who collaborate on showcasing the arts in such venues as the Wellesley Studio Tour, ArtWalk, and Art in the Park. Mackin often paints on a large scale, and business-wise, she thinks big, too. She would love to see her abstracts displayed in public spaces or collaborate with a national interior d├ęcor store. She also would like to offer online courses or in-person, intensive workshops. "I hope to create an environment where women can really let go and experiment, connect with one another, and find some serenity and excitement in the creative process." In that letting go, Mackin believes, true creativity lies: "I always seem to do my best work when I let the magic in." 164 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 artist profile "serenity and excitement"

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