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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palette, often causing Mackin to stretch herself by experimenting with color combinations. "Morocco got me all excited about thick layers of paint and black graphic mark making inspired by the thick crumbling walls in Marrakech," she said. "I am trying out new color combos inspired by the buildings in France, primarily yellow ochres, burnt siennas, grays, and cool blues and teals. I am also intrigued by mazes and labyrinths, alchemy and castles, and magic—all inspired by my time in Prague. Copenhagen has me all excited about bicycles and bridges, and Sweden, Oslo, and Amsterdam have me obsessed with boats, water, and bridges." Mackin also loosened her brushstrokes. She painted swoops inspired by Sweden's waves and boats, channeled Prague's intricate architectural details and peeling plaster into soft, light-filled abstracts, and even light- ened up her layering process to get at the heart of each work. Mackin regularly posts evolving work on Instagram and Facebook, along with photos of her inspiration. Social media has become a kind of a journal documenting her process. It also has been an important tool in connecting with artists and clients. "The myth that artists are terrible at business and are destined to a life of poverty is one that I bought into and believed for decades," Mackin said. "This is why I always had a full-time job and made my art full time 'on the side.'" Social media has turned that myth upside down. "I am continu- ously taking online classes to improve my business, marketing, and social media skills," she said. "And you know what? I actually enjoy learning and implementing new business strategies. It is a constant challenge, and sometimes it's frustrating to have so much on my to-do list. But I am grateful that I have been able to build a growing and thriving business making art." Her website showcases her paintings artfully placed in clients' homes. She has a passion for home décor that is evident not only from 162 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 "a passion for home décor"

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