Born in Victoria Australia. Glenda McLachlan has lived on the Central Coast, NSW, Australia, since 2004 and enjoys the dynamic scenery of this beautiful part of the world, from its wonderful beaches and national parks to its diverse population.
Glenda says that one of the many reasons she paints Australian scenery is because the natural surrounds has a way of inspiring and connecting with us on so many levels.
Born into a family legacy of farming and life in the natural surrounds of the Australian Bush, Glenda McLachlan developed a love for painting the Australian scenery during her times nursing people with physical disability. A mouth painting artist came into her life who also became a great friend and through her unique talent that produced amazing landscape paintings of the Australian Bush. (Margaret Greig dec) was a great influence on her and not only for her exceptional talent but her undying faith in God. Margaret had been struck down with polio at age 14. Many could have given up hope but she overcame and earned her own living from her paintings, purchased her own farm, raising miniature ponies.
Glenda said, that seeing her friends courage and how the inspiration flowed in her art, it dramatically changed how she viewed life and she has been learning and growing in her relationship with God and painting ever since.
Each person is made up of body, soul and spirit and I feel nations have their own body soul and spirit also. Australia is an exciting and beautiful country, diverse in nature from droughts to flooding rains and the muli-cultural society is a combination of many heritages but all are united under her sunny skies and brought together in her extremities as well as her celebrations. We have much to celebrate and through my art I try to express the adventure, the character and natural beauty of this great land.
Glenda McLachlan: Says my art comes from my passion for truth and a pursuit for happiness, and a great sense of love, gratitude and appreciation for the amazing nation that I live in.
Art should "evoke" bring or recall a feeling, memory, or image to the conscious mind. such as "The sight evoked pleasant memories of his childhood," or bring to mind, stimulate, awaken, arouse, excite, raise, suggest;
recall, express a feeling;
All or some of the above should arouse within the observer and open their senses of creativity and appreciation by connecting it to them in a way that relates to a moment or experience or on an emotional level to feel uplifted to a better place and give a deep sense of satisfaction.
Art inspires not only the artist but those who look on the painting. Many a great idea has come from gazing at a painting and being taken on a journey that reminds them or gives them a deep connection from past or of future visions and dreams.
Art works speak volumes to each of us, through the strokes used to the colours and deeper insightful meanings that differ for each of us making it our own unique experience.
It is my prayer that my paintings will connect with and encourage your heart as well as hopefully convey an authentic expression of love for the surrounds and share in the national spirit of Australia. Glenda McLachlan.