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Brennen McElhaney


My Artist’s Statement

Below is my Artist Statement which has been developed, tweaked and revised over years of painting.


My paintings are a personal record, a visual journal of scenes that have caught my attention. My goal is to document the beauty that I see in the landscape, and create a record of my impression for others (and myself) to enjoy.

My artistic process relies heavily on observation — that is to say I trust my eyes to “tell” me what to put on the canvas, how to paint it, what is important, and what is not.

Recurring subject matter in my landscapes are mountains, trees, rivers and lakes, cityscapes and architecture.

My current work is optimistic, reflecting a sense of contentment with my home in Western North Carolina and my appreciation of the breathtaking scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Tennessee River from Lookout Mountain - Chattanooga TN

My artist’s statement is posted on the suggestion of Alyson Stanfield who has many useful insights into self-promotion for artists.

Illustrated Map – Theme Park

I had the unique opportunity to digitally illustrate a map for a theme park in Orlando, FL.

Detail Showing some of the Lands.

All in all, it was a very fun, but very involved project.

Artist’s Business Cards – Mini Portfolio

A business card is a handy little thing. But for a visual artist, it presents a unique opportunity – and challenge: How do I design a card that gives a representational sample of my artwork without compromising clear communication of basic contact information?

I think that I’ve finally landed on a solution.

Business Card - Mini Portfolio

Business Card - Mini Portfolio

Having a mini-portfolio of images on the back of the card gives a taste of my artwork without competing with the clean and graphic text based design on the front. Each image is cropped to show half (or less) of the original painting. This allows for uniformity but also sends the message that ‘this isn’t the whole story; there’s more to see.’ The images have been artfully arranged with consideration of color and design. My signature is both a nice graphic element, and adds credibility of authorship.

The design of my business card fits the branding of my website, and collateral material (post cards etc.) – clean, straight-forward, lots of white space.

(By the way, if you’d like to receive invitations to art shows etc. in the mail, please email your name and mailing address to me at gallery1@mac.com. If you’d like to receive notifications by email, sign up for my email newsletter here.)

Comments / questions welcome.