Feb 2, 2011

George McLean Speaks about his Wildlife and Landscape Paintings

I interviewed George McLean for the McMichael website on the opening of his retrospective exhibition there. He spoke about he walked the countryside in Grey County on the shores of the Georgian Bay looking for unique landscapes and the animals that live there. He described how he painted, starting with sketched studies, how he placed his animals in the landscape and how he transferred the detailed studies to finished paintings 5 feet wide and more. And he added an anecdote about how he and fellow artist Ken Danby watched a hawk attack a snowy owl. He introduced a new book of his art titled "George McLean: The Living Landscape" whose authors include renowned art writer Tom Smart.

The video was shot in HD on a Sony NX5U in gallery space that was not yet hung. Music by Dave MacAdam.