Lauchlin MacDonald has been a practicing artist for over 30 years; his interest in art began with his journeys through the great galleries of Europe as a young child with his family as well as the landscapes of Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Italy, France, and North America. What began as a journey towards impressionistic landscapes spread into the love of form and space and the malleable properties of the oil paint and beauty of color itself and thus the branches of abstraction which have always been there under the surface upon closer inspection. The impressionists such as Monet, Van Gogh, as well as renaissance masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci & Rembrandt…contemporary artists as diverse as Wayne Thiebaud, the Group of Seven, Jackson Pollock and Anselm Kiefer to name but a few have been touchstones of inspiration in his artistic journey .
Lauchlin believes in direct observation of the subject and the philosophy that to paint is to see. As William Blake said the more you describe the particular the more you describe the universal – in his technique of scraping smearing and delicately painting he describes the particulars of light on an object or series of objects compromising the greater subject.
Lauchlin has also studied traditional printmaking techniques including etching, woodcuts, and lithography