Erin McIntosh is an artist and educator living in Athens, Georgia. She is an assistant professor of Studio Art at the University of North Georgia on the Gainesville campus. Erin has been teaching in higher education since 2007. Prior to that, she taught art to elementary-aged children in the public school system, through Atlanta’s public art programs, and at the Georgia Museum of Art. She has taught multiple semesters in Cortona, Italy, on the University of Georgia’s Cortona, Italy, study abroad program. Erin’s studio practice is rooted in abstraction in water-based media. She actively exhibits her paintings in solo and group exhibitions regionally and nationally. Her paintings have been published in New American Paintings, The Georgia Review, and Create Magazine. She has had residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Atlantic Center for the Arts. Erin’s work is represented by Gregg Irby Gallery in Atlanta and Weinberger Fine Art in Kansas City, MO.
I find so much joy in moving paint around. I love to explore color and composition through painting a range of subjects that are biomorphic or geometric in nature. Many of my recent paintings are inspired by biological sciences and the microscopic world.
The paintings I make are process-driven, poetic, playful and constructed through improvisation. My interest in abstraction is not only in its visual form but also in how visual form communicates sensorial meaning, non-verbally, akin to that of instrumental music.
By making a painting, I want to add something to the world that uplifts.