M.T. McClanahan (American) 1960-

Studio Location – Eastern North Carolina
Medium – acrylic, oil
Genre – marine, scapes, figurative, architectural, portraiture
Current Series – large scale, intimate views of lone skiffs

General Information

Art has always been a part of my life. My earliest memories are as a young boy working at my drawing table. My artistic life, then to now, has been a journey for what I ultimately found in painting—freedom of expression, a search for meaning, and a passion for creating.

I work primarily in acrylics on stretched canvas and with smaller work and portraits I prefer oil on panels or canvas. I would best describe myself as an easel painter but I like to work from life to continuously train my eye to see and translate the unlimited variety in nature.

Artist’s Statement

“There is a mood to how an object or scene is presented. Every brushstroke is laid down with this one intention—to emulate the soul’s disposition. Whether it’s a scene that I happen to stumble upon, or one that I forcibly create, the desire to portray this inner moodiness is always paramount.


Of course I am always responding to my personal propensities for color and shape, my attraction to the light, affection for the subject; these all demonstrate my “loves”, as it were. But within each of these, guiding my presentation of all of these, is the overriding, singular power of the mood of the soul.


This quality, relied upon, becomes my voice and is formed from the beautiful, bittersweet mystery of life that occupies me, that overwhelms the greater part of me, and it looks for expression in everything I see.


There is great comfort in pouring out one’s heart in paint.”

MT McClanahan