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Inspired by color

By Megan Saint-Marie

Hal McCartor’s large abstracted floral canvases are inspired by the colors of San Miguel de Allende.

Works by Hal McCartor
Fri, May 3, 5-7pm
Van Doren Gallery
Fábrica la Aurora

After careers in medicine and computer science, McCartor took up painting in 1996, returning to college full time in studio art. “There I learned to see the world around me in new ways. I was exposed to painters who I was unfamiliar with but came to admire; Milton Avery, Richard Diebenkorn and Joan Mitchell come to mind.”

McCartor’s paintings, showing in the Van Doren Gallery at Fábrica la Aurora May 3 through May 30, expresses this love of color and appreciation for large expanses. “You can tell from my work that I am drawn to color and shape rather than subject matter, with little patience for detail. I find it interesting that these preferences direct my work without my conscious awareness and eventually define a recognizable style. While some artists have a vision of their completed work before they start, I seem to have to discover where I am going by just seeing what has to happen next.” Come enjoy the wine and talk with the artist at the opening reception.


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