A catalog of my White Album series of pastels and drawings.
The White Album series is literally a labor of love, twenty years in the making. A quirky "photo-realism" album of my three teenagers, it is foremost a portrait of adolescence. My youngest son is just entering his turbulent teens; middle-child daughter a promising artist at 18-going-on-28; the eldest son, now an adult of 20, started his college career at Kent State University, Ohio.
I was on the threshold of my own teen years when the Beatles were the soundtrack for the hippie era. This work draws parallels between then and now, and highlights the universal, eternal character of coming of age. I have attempted to explore the similarities of each generation, despite contemporary sensibilities and recent advances in technology.
A fellow artist recently noted, "We paint to deal with life." These candid "snapshots" are one way I've found to cope with the process of letting go that all parents must make. They document my children's progress during this transitional time in their lives. Thanks to them, I am still learning.
With loving gratitude to my husband, Steve. “All you need is love!”
Alice McMahon White, 2009
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.