Iridescent pearls, mat turquoise and shimmering diamonds. To many it may look like jewelry, but to Susan Connelly McClelland, it is a work of art.
McClelland, a local abstract artist and member of the Kingsport Art Guild, grew up in western North Carolina and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University. She has spent most of the past 30 years working as a professional showroom designer and faux painter. After moving to Bluff City, Tennessee, in 2010, she opened In Color Studio in her home and moved on to fine art.
His most recent works combine precious stones and female sculpture.
A solo exhibition from his latest collection, “Art of Geology 2020”, will be on display October 4-27 at the Renaissance Center in Kingsport. Due to COVID-19, there will be no hosting for the show. However, it is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday. Visitors will need to wear masks and practice social distancing.
McClelland’s work is an interpretation of the artistry and inspiration she finds in detailed images of rocks and minerals. She collects precious stones, such as agates, jasper, larimar and opals, at local gem salons. She studies the many layers of rock under magnification, then uses joint compound, modeling clay, oil paints, iridescent hues, crystals and epoxy resin to create her interpretation of what she is doing. sees. She specializes in abstract realism based on the beauty of gemstones, minerals and geological features.
Her experience with faux finishing is reflected in her work, both with multimedia pieces and with encaustics that use a mixture of clay, oil paint and glitter to create a mystical, three-dimensional reflection of the gemstones. Very textured, his pieces show a depth that needs to be touched.
Her work is shown locally at Cindy Saadeh Fine Art in Kingsport. Bristol’s Birthplace of Country Music Museum carries its little encaustics of local mountain landscapes. She has had solo exhibitions at Art on 16 in Marion, Virginia; at the Shulman Gallery at Tusculum University in Greeneville, Tennessee; and at the Weigand Fine Art Gallery in Galax, Virginia. Her work was accepted by the jury for the National Jury Exhibition 2020 at the Emporium Center in Knoxville, and her “Isolation Matrix” was recently shortlisted for the City of Jonesborough Jury Art Show. , on display by appointment until October 10 at the McKinney Center.
To learn more about McClelland’s work, visit his website at www.SusaninColor.com.