Louisa McElwain has been a resident of New Mexico since 1985. She is a plein-air artist, an impressionist, who loves to paint the New Mexico sky and landscape. Louisa McElwain stated that, "During the process of painting large canvases outdoors, the interaction with Nature introduces insects, particles of plants and soil into the paint. To acknowledge the simultaneous levels of reality which surround me, I sometimes deliberately introduce elements into the paint like bits of broken beer bottle, bone, fur, or charred wood. Anything stuck to the motif, the images, the illusions, the beauty of landscape, I never want to forget that what I am looking at is paint on canvas."
Louisa McElwain received her BFA degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Since then she has been in numerous group exhibitions. Her work is in many private and corporate collections which include the Tucson Museum of Art, AT & T, Pepsi-Cola, Nokia and the University of Pennsylvania.
Louisa McElwain's work has also been featured in numerous publications, among them Time Magazine, Southwest Art magazine and the Denver Post.
1990 Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts, NM Master Class with Wolf Kahn
1977 BFA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1975 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
1974-1973 Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1973 Nera Simi Drawing Studio, Florence, Italy
1971 Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Mount Holyoke College, sculpture with Leonard De Longa
Selected One-person Exhibitions
2007 Booth Museum, Atlanta, GA, "21st Century Regionalists, Art of the New West"
2006 Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, NM “Divine Mysteries”
2005 Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, NM “Painting in the Present Tense”
2004 Medicine Man, Santa Fe, NM “Let Me Enjoy the Earth”
SEGI Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ “Terra Cognita”
2003 Medicine Man, Tucson, AZ “Along the Pilgrims’ Path”
2002 Medicine Man, Tucson, AZ and Santa Fe, NM “Audience with a Cloud”
2001 Vanier Galleries on Main, Scottsdale, AZ “At An Ever Changing Origin”
Medicine Man, Tucson, AZ “Flights of Enchantment”
2002-1996 Karen Mitchell Frank Gallery, Dallas, TX
2002 “On the Plane of the Present”
2001 “Smaller Works”
2000 “Fifth Annual Solo Exhibition”
1999 “Perceptions of the Miraculous”
1998 “Ecstatic Revelations”
1997 “Dancing to the Tempo of the Evolving Day”
1996 “Landscapes from the Heart”
2000-1991 Contemporary Southwest Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
2000 “Viva, Painting in Celebration of Life”
1999 “I Am Nature”
1998 “Between Earth and Sky”
1997 “Exploring the Mystery of Sensation”
1996 “Bold Seer”
1995 “Impassioned Perceptions”
1994 Sensuous and Delicious Color”
1993 “Range and Cloud Towers”
1992 “Badlands, Violet and Gold”
1991 “Exhibition of New Works”
1993 San Juan College, Farmington, NM “McElwain Paints New Mexico”
1991-1986 C.G. Rein Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
1990 Robert Allen Fine Art, San Francisco, CA “Learning From Mother Nature”
1989 Rein-du Bois Gallery, Houston, TX
1981 Graham Arader lll, Philadelphia, PA “Fishes of the East Coast”
Selected Group Exhibitions
2007 Booth Museum "21st Century Regionalists, Art of the New West"
2006 New Haven Art Center, New Haven, CT “Particular Places” Honorable Mention
2005 Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ “Homecoming: Outside the West”
2004 Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ “100 Years-Painting the Grand Canyon”
Chaparral Fine Art, Bozeman, MT “Visionaries”
NM Wilderness Alliance, “Wildlands Painted!”
2003-4 Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA “The Wild West”
2002 Chaparral Fine Art, Bozeman, MT “Masters in Montana"
2002-1998 Kneeland Gallery, Ketchum, ID "Plein Air”
1997, 1995 Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ "Women Artists of the West"
1995 Ian Lewis, Scottsdale, AZ "Western Academy of Women Artists"
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA "25th Year, Alumni Exhibition"
1993 Mongerson-Wunderlich, Chicago, IL
1988 Southwest-East, London, England
1984 Marion Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1977-1975 BFA Program Exhibitions, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
1975-1969 Weston Arts and Crafts Association Shows, Weston, MA
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
St. Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe, NM
INA Corp., PA
Peat Marwick, CA
NATO Headquarters, Brussels
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Sands, TX
University of Texas Law School, Austin, TX
Philadelphia Zoological Society
American Embassies: Sanaa, Bogota, Singapore, Bahrain
University of Pennsylvania, PA
Coors Brewing Co, CO