Sara MacCulloch, Kingsport After Sunset, 2015, oil on canvas, 20 x 20 inches.

Sara MacCulloch, Kingsport After Sunset, 2015, oil on canvas, 20 x 20 inches.

SARA MACCULLOCH: WIND, WATER, SKY: NOVEMBER 13- DECEMBER 6, 2015

MULHERIN TORONTO is pleased to present  Sara MacCulloch, wind, water and sky.


"I am a landscape painter. 

The challenge for me is always to capture what a place looks and feels like, but also to have a relationship with the painting as I am making it: To be open to what may happen in the studio. I don’t start with an exact idea of what the painting will be when I am finished. All I know is how a place feels- and I never really know how that will come about through the painting.

I almost always do my paintings in one go- one session in the studio. This is to allow for clarity in purpose, but also to give the work a sense of immediacy. I want the paintings to be direct and fluid. There is a fine linebetween overworked, unfinished, and resolved paintings, and I am always trying to find that balance.

I waste a lot of paint, and have many frustrating days where I scrape off a whole day’s work onto the floor, only to start over the next day. But in each attempt, I become clearer about what I am painting, so that in the end, the work is more concise. I want the paint to be allowed to be paint. Sometimes there are drips or imperfections, but I leave them because sometimes it is those “mistakes” that anchor the work for me.

The paintings in this show were all made from material collected on sketch trips I took this past summer, both on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, and the Bay of Fundy, where I live."
-Sara MacCulloch


Sara MacCulloch is an artist based in Wolfville Nova Scotia. She studied painting at Concordia University, SUNY at Purchase, and The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She received her BFA from NSCAD in 1992. She has shown regularly in Halifax, Toronto and New York and is in many private and public collections, including TD Bank, University of Toronto, Bank of Montreal, University of Iowa, the Canada Council Art Bank, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and others.
 

Sara MacCulloch, Carter’s Beach, 2015, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches.

Sara MacCulloch, Carter’s Beach, 2015, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches.

Sara MacCulloch, Kingsburg, Dusk, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 16 inches.

Sara MacCulloch, Kingsburg, Dusk, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 16 inches.

Sara MacCulloch, Beach at Port Mouton, 2015, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches.

Sara MacCulloch, Beach at Port Mouton, 2015, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches.

Sara MacCulloch, Kingsport Beach at Dusk, 2015, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches.

Sara MacCulloch, Kingsport Beach at Dusk, 2015, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches.

Sara MacCulloch, Martinique Beach, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 16 inches.

Sara MacCulloch, Martinique Beach, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 16 inches.