John McLaughlin’s painting and drawing process is a delicate balance of skill and intuition. It is a fluctuation of control, careful planning, letting go, allowing for surprises, and then bringing it all back into a state of focus. There are many layers to John’s painting and drawing activity, from the idea/germination stage, to developing the concept, the selection of color, medium, and creating the "surface" reality.
This leaves a combination of scribbled marks along with a more thought out drawing. It’s an inward journey, wrestling with the muse, seeking the unknown, and expressing the emotions that are often without definition. Being a self taught artist, John draws upon a multitude of life experiences for his style and subject matter. From known natural objects to unknown forms and figures.