Theodora McLaren

I work mostly in water media - watercolour, fluid acrylics and monoprinting.


A monoprint is spontaneous - combining printmaking, painting and drawing. Only one unique print is made from each pressing.

I enjoy plein air (in the air) painting. It means I have to react and work quickly, to capture the essence before the light changes.

I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.
My father was a part time painter and there was always an art book open somewhere in the house and brushes soaking in a jar. 
My mother arranged wildflower sprigs and cut garden flowers in jugs around the house. I think that's what inspired me to paint my loose florals.

 

After my B.A. from Trent University, I graduated in fine arts at OCAD in Toronto.

While I studied art, I was hired part time in an advertising department. The days when layouts were hand drawn!
I survived a hectic career as a graphic designer and then art director. I think that’s when I discovered I work best under pressure - spontaneous and immediate.

 

Growing up our family was fortunate to spend summers north of the city. Climbing the rocks along the lake, is when I fell in love with the Canadian Shield.

 

Recently I am inspired by the Acadian coast of Canada where my husband and I love to visit.