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Resident artist to paint Assateague Island wild horses

(Sept. 3, 2015) Assateague Island Alliance (AIA), the friends group of Assateague Island National Seashore, announces the first Resident Artist Program, Oct. 26 through Nov. 8.  
Based in Arizona, Karen McLain’s extensive body of work captures the wild horses of the west on canvas. She will bring her expertise painting en plein air to a coastal landscape for two weeks, painting the wild horses at Assateague Island National Seashore.  
Visitors may encounter her painting in the field during this and are encouraged to mingle with the resident artist.
“Painting wild horses from life is the foundation for the work I do in the studio. I want to express the power, beauty and bonds that I see manifest in wild horses,” she said. “The freedom, risk and challenge that are inherent in living wild in nature are reflected in my process of working from life. They are not solely paintings of horses, but reflected communication of their experience and our journey.”
Artists will also have the opportunity to participate in an en plein air workshop, Painting Wild Horses from Life, led by McLain on Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists have long painted outdoors, working in natural light to see and to be inspired by nature while immersed in its element.
This workshop will cover techniques for painting the horse quickly and fluidly from life, challenges of painting a moving subject in changing light and coping with the problems inherent in painting outdoors. Students will be guided through the process of observing, painting and learning from wild horses to enrich studio work with emphasis on accurate anatomy.  
For more information, visit or call 443-614-3547.
The Assateague Island Alliance (AIA), a 501(c)3 organization, is a Friends Group to benefit Assateague Island National Seashore. AIA financially supports educational, interpretive, scientific and recreational programs. All funds raised benefit Assateague Island seashore.