Book of fine art drawings and poetry.
The Black Butterfly series is my first to delve into the realm of symbolic imagery. The butterflies represent the artist's muse and my subjects are always involved in the creative arts. The butterflies may seem a trite symbol, but I had an unusual amount of butterfly sightings last summer just as I was going through a burst of creativity. I especially noticed black butterflies, unusual to my area. So I wrote a poem about the encounters as metaphoric of the artist's muse and began to incorporate butterflies into my new series of charcoal on mylar drafting film drawings.
There are several artists I've always greatly admired, and they are all the visionary artists, symbolist, magic realist sorts such as the Preraphaelites, William Blake and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Andrew Wyeth is one of my greatest mentors. I'm just beginning in this symbolist style, but I'm excited at how my thoughts take flight contemplating the next work in the series. We'll see where it takes me... ~ Alice McMahon White
A professional visual artist specializing in drawings and works on paper, Alice McMahon grew up in Chicago in an Irish Catholic family with ten siblings. A mother of three young adults, she now lives in Galena Illinois and maintains a studio in a Victorian building in Galena's historic district. McMahon has had many solo art exhibitions and has worked as a curator with the Irish American Heritage Center Gallery and Beverly Arts Center in Chicago. She has won numerous awards for her work, the most recent in the Plaza Art Competition and American Artist Magazine. One of her works was recently exhibited the Saatchi Gallery in London, having won the Saatchi Showdown Online competition. Known for her commissioned portraits and works inspired by her Irish heritage, her works are in public and private collections across the United States and in Canada, London, Ireland.