Zack McGhin

Oil Painting

Zack McGhin is a representational artist from Florida with a focus in drawing and painting. He has always been interested in science-fiction, fantasy, and video games and those interests served as inspiration for him to start drawing from a very young age. McGhin received his B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting from Florida Southern College and his M.F.A. in Painting from American University. He began his career painting classical portraiture, still life, and landscape. He combines his knowledge of classical techniques with contemporary subject matter to create still-life paintings that evoke a sense of nostalgia toward his experiences growing up. His work has been exhibited in juried group exhibitions throughout central Florida and at pop-up galleries and museum group exhibitions in Washington, DC.

Artist Insights

I never really took art classes growing up and when I first got into college I hopped around from major to  major for a long time! I had enough with all the majors that I was trying to find my place in and finally tried out being an art major because I had always loved drawing as a kid. I took a lot of art classes and built my foundation in art while at the community college and when I finally got my AA degree in studio art I quickly moved through my BFA and MFA degrees over the next five years.

The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.

– Chuck Close

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