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OUR ARTISTS

Chad McLaren

THE PAPA GALLERY

Chad McLaren

I am originally from Murray, KY and moved to Paducah to teach vocal music at Lone Oak High School. After a couple of frustrating years of teaching, I began to dabble in the field of graphic design, creating logos and a variety of advertising literature for various companies.

While I have always had an interest in art, I do not have any formal training. My dad, John McLaren, is also a member of the gallery and has been a huge influence on me, encouraging me to join PAPA, which has been a very positive experience. I am always humbled and even surprised to find out that someone has purchased or commented on one of my paintings.

I began painting in December of 2016, working almost exclusively with pastel. In the Fall of 2017 I tried my first watercolor painting and haven’t looked back. I love the inherent randomness that I can get with it. I would describe my style as somewhat loose – I want the viewer to be able to recognize my subject, but at the same time hopefully view it in a different way. As for subject matter, I tend to paint things that make me smile or laugh, or that simply catch my eye.

I currently manage a number of rental properties in the Paducah area and am a stay-at-home-dad to my nearly 3 year old daughter, Charlotte, who keeps me plenty busy. When I do have some free time, I am likely either painting or playing board games with friends and family.

Elvis
Watercolor

Rock Star
Watercolor

Good Hair Day
Watercolor

Smeagol and Gollum
Watercolor

Amira
Pastel

Address

124 Broadway St
Paducah, KY 42001, USA
(270) 575-3544

Open Hours

Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 3pm
Other times by appointment only.
Call (270) 519-3198 for appt.

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