Artist Kirk McBride

An example of fine art by Kirk McBride

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  • FASO Artist Website: http://www.kirkmcbride.com

  • Year Born: N/A

  • Price Range: $400.00 - $12,500.00
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In recent years Kirk McBride has traveled the East Coast from Florida to Maine exploring the docks and fishing shacks, The marshes and beaches, the old wooden boats and the people who make a living from the sea.  His paintings are a way of chronicling this vanishing piece of American life.
Kirk developed an interest in American painting as a young man when he first saw the work of Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer.  The images they painted depicted life in our country during their times and led him to make paintings of people, places and moments that he experiences today.  Exposure to the work of masterful painters, Emile Gruppe, Edgar Payne, N.C. Wyeth and Frederick Mulhaupt inspired Kirk to develop a style of reduced realism in his oil paintings that emphasizes the masses, light and mood more than the details. He has studied with modern day American masters, Ken Auster, Kim English and Randall Sexton.
After college at the University of Maryland, Kirk won "Best in Show" at the first local art show he entered, encouraging him to make painting a lifelong pursuit.  He has been at it since the 1970's, part-time while teaching and raising a family, and full time since the early 90's.  A switch from watercolors to oils 18 years ago led to plein air painting. This led to travels where he has met and shared experiences and knowledge with painters from all over. He has been elected a “Signature Member" of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and has participated in many painting events. Kirk has been invited to and painted in the Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational four times, Plein Air Easton four times, and Paint Annapolis six times, winning awards, including Artist’s Choice in Annapolis.  Kirk's love of water and boats has led him to being [...]

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