Featured Artist Carol Meckling

Artist Carol Meckling paints bold, striking images, including real and imagined landscapes. Discover more of her work by visiting her website.

 

"Purifying the Mind" Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Wood, 6" x 6"

“Purifying the Mind” Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Wood, 6″ x 6″

 

INTENTION—STILLNESS—ACTIVITY. Appreciating the nature of things as they are.

 

"Purifying the Mind 2" Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Wood, 6" x 6"

“Purifying the Mind 2″ Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Wood, 6″ x 6”

 

I love the immediacy of acrylic paint, the vibrancy of the colors, how the paint moves across the surface—it generates a very satisfying feeling! I also enjoy the active meditation that happens while making art; the incredibly focused attention, and being really present with what I’m doing. Time seems to stand still.

 

"Moana-Ocean" Acrylic on Wood, 40" x 30"

“Moana-Ocean” Acrylic on Wood, 40″ x 30″

 

Over the years I’ve cultivated an attitude of directness and unselfconsciousness in my painting that allows for spontaneity in the moment. I love seeing what happens naturally when paint lands on the surface.

 

"Blue Mesa" Acrylic and Oil on Wood, 12" x 6"

“Blue Mesa” Acrylic and Oil on Wood, 12″ x 6″

 

The process of painting allows me to problem solve in a way that feels powerful, joyful and not so burdened. Although there is definitely frustration, incredible insecurity at times, agitation and vulnerability when making art, it’s also where I’ve had the opportunity to wrestle with my demons.

 

"Grey Mesa" Acrylic on Wood, 48" x 28"

“Grey Mesa” Acrylic on Wood, 48″ x 28″

 

In addition, there is something powerful and useful in the container of making art that eventually keeps all that I feel in perspective. Stepping into the creative flow, I feel most authentic, most in my body, calm, grounded and clear.

 

"The Meadow" Acrylic on Wood, 12" x 12"

“The Meadow” Acrylic on Wood, 12″ x 12″

 

Art has no boundaries and yet I’m constantly coming up against the boundaries inherent in the materials. Then I remember that I don’t have to be so careful in art. Are there any mistakes?

 

"Open Stream" Diptych - Acrylic on Wood, Each Panel 20" x 20"

“Open Stream” Diptych – Acrylic on Wood, Each Panel 20″ x 20″

 

Each piece of art is the culmination of my life experiences, from the execution of the techniques I’ve learned, to the endless images I store in my brain and subconscious, to what I learn from observing the natural world and observing the nature of thing—a moment defined in a constantly changing natural world.

 

"Willowtail Magic" Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 24"

“Willowtail Magic” Acrylic on Canvas, 48″ x 24″

 

I currently paint with acrylic and sometimes with other media, on wood and repurposed materials, including hollow core doors. The doors are not reused as a door, but are transformed and repurposed as a painting.

 

"Harvest Moon" Acrylic on Wood, 12" x 12"

“Harvest Moon” Acrylic on Wood, 12″ x 12″

 

I received my BA in fine art, eventually pursuing a combined interest in art, psychology and mindfulness meditation at Antioch New England Graduate School. I studied Expressive Arts Therapy and received an MA in Counseling Psychology.

 

"Presence" Acrylic and Paper on Wood, 12" x 12"

“Presence” Acrylic and Paper on Wood, 12″ x 12″

 

Art, psychology and Buddhist study and practice have all helped shape who I am as a person and an artist. When I make art, I observe the natural world and the nature of things.  It’s all about the process—I try to be engaged fully in the present and stay there as best I can.

 

Artist Carol Meckling in her studio

Artist Carol Meckling in her studio

 

Helping others discover their path for self-expression during a fulfilling career, I moved to Durango, Colorado to focus on pursuing my self-expression. Living in Durango and being able to experience the beauty of the surrounding country and all that it encompasses has fueled a deeper exploration of painting, ceramics, fiber art and mixed media. I have discovered that, to my surprise, I love to paint landscapes—real, abstracted and imagined.

 

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  1. I love the spareness and clarity of these works. Lovely.

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