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Artist Statement
The painter whose first allegiance is to God approaches the issue of 'why we paint' far differently than the secular artist.  The question of relative worth is already ansered for us, for we understand the price that was paid for us by Christ.  That makes many of the deep questions of 20th and 21st century art less significant to us.

However, there is also the realisation that we are unable to approach the depth of meaning, the beauty, and the singularity that our Creator has invested in the universe.  So if we paint merely to record God's glory, amazing majesty and magnificence we fail utterly.  Try to mix the indigo or green in which the sky is cloaked at dawn and you'll see what I mean.

I paint because it's the only thing I really know how to do.  Since I believe this funny old brain of mine is where God works in me to will and to do of His good pleasure, I have a responsibility to use it.  I also paint to celebrate the magnificent gifts God has given us in this natural world, in our brothers and sisters, and in the intricacies of human relations.  If I keep my relationship with God foremost, I remain unimpressed by myself, and in that space wondrous things can happen.

He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered:  the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

Psalms 111:4
Artist Profile
Madeline O'Boyle Shinninck studied Fine Art at the Crawford Municipal College of Art in Cork Ireland.

She studied Graphic Design afterwards at the same college for one year.

Her many years of experiences as a graphic designer, influence her painting.  Now I paint and draw from life.  This exercise has developed her visual recall.  'It allows me to concentrate on the inner matter.  For me it has to be built on technical skill, not the other way around.'

For years the human figure has been my favourite subject for painting.  I am interested in the human figure as an exercise in either drafting or luscious painting.  My aim is to produce contemporary realist artwork based on the enduring aesthetic principles of the old masters.  Nude and other figurative work is always painted on fine portrait quality linen.