I have a desire, I know, to show the life of a scene, to impress upon the viewer, upon myself, that the painting is vibrant and alive, not static.
A painting works when it belongs, is not contrived; t should have a presence as natural as you or I. The artist’s empathy, especially, dictates this new personality. This naturalness is born of bold expression–confidence in what I have to say and in the means to say it.
I do not try to consciously know a meaning in a work (at first) nor do I attempt social indictments. I respond to a feeling that grows out of my response to the light, colors, contrasts–by all that is experienced of a scene.
My subjects, and how I present them, reflect inner conditions. I choose them because of how they make me feel; it is not a cognitive process. The work, ultimately, is not about the thing shown so much as it is about the whole statement.
I am continuously striving, working to be better at what I do, to at once grow in my abilities to see and interpret and, at the same time, let go of it all and just express, just paint.
MT McClanahan 2015
The dory is a small, shallow-draft boat, 16 to 23 feet long; usually lightweight with high sides and sharp bows. For centuries, dories have been used as traditional fishing boats, both in coastal waters and in the open sea. Variant spellings are doree and dori.
Strictly speaking, the only true defining characteristic of the dory is that it is planked up with wide boards. More generally speaking, the dory can be defined as a small boat which has:
The hullform is characterized by a bottom that is transversely flat and usually bowed fore-and-aft. (This curvature is known as ‘rocker’.) The stern is frequently a raked surface (a narrow transom) that tapers sharply toward the bottom forming a nearly double-ended boat.