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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first painting exhibits a bright, happy aspect filled with light, move- ment, detail, and layers of color, which would become her hallmarks. With those initial strokes covered, Mackin continues to build layers as the painting progresses. In doing so, she arranges the subject matter into an impressively comprehensive whole. Fluttering flags, sparkling lights, winding lines, dots, rectangles, and splashes of color keep the eye in constant motion. Subconscious or not, that movement is consistent with the theme of journeying that runs throughout her work. The result is a meticulously crafted, carefully polished, dynamic work of art. Recent journeys have influenced her in new ways. In April 2016, she spent a week painting in Morocco, reveling in the rough stucco textures, intriguing arches, and rich colors. Last summer, she and her husband, and their two young sons, embarked on an eight-week European adventure to Prague, Paris, Nice, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, and Amsterdam. Mackin painted every day, immersed in and inspired by each city's culture. Limiting her materials because of travel considerations, she worked on small sheets of Arches watercolor paper, mostly using gouache—a water-based medium similar to watercolor but with more heft—rather than acrylic. Gouache provides the color saturation provided by acrylic, and through the addition of water, the ability to create more transparent washes that retain rich color. Each locale called for its own Mackin left her job to travel for three months in Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, producing evocative photographic prints that capture the region's stunning natural beauty and mysterious allure. That decision began not only a physical journey, but an emotional one in which she moved closer to that canvas. On the recommendation of an artist friend, she enrolled in an online painting and inspiration course taught by artist Flora Bowley. Bowley encouraged an intuitive, dynamic approach that resonated with Mackin. And, Bowley's tech- nique of layering color fit perfectly with Mackin's natural aesthetic. Her "light, movement, detail, and layers of color" artist profile 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 7 160

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