"Welcome to my wonderful world of art and design.
Beauty is as essential to our well-being as food and water. From ancient times to the present, people have decorated their surroundings with works of art and personal treasures.
I have dedicated my career to creating imaginative works of art for myself and others to enjoy."
LANDSCAPES and SEASCAPES
McGinnis’ landscape paintings are somewhere between abstract
and realistic, painted mostly from imagination. Some
are painted on traditional watercolor paper and some
are done on Yupo, a relatively new,
environmentally-friendly synthetic “paper”. The
surface properties of Yupo allow for many nuances
and textures that are difficult, if not impossible,
to achieve with traditional watercolor paper. She
combines a wet-in-wet watercolor technique with
mono-print by placing the still wet Yupo on an
acrylic base and then lifting it off. The patterns
created then suggest a composition and theme,
allowing for a dynamic serendipitous reaction to the
colors and textures which emerge.
and mesmerizing, McGinnis’ floral and foliage
paintings are created with a love of color and
texture observed in the natural world. Like the
Landscapes, many are painted on Yupo with the same
wet-in-wet, mono-print technique.
imagination, the works are semi-realistic and often
reflect nature untamed and are meant to convey a
dreamy mood rather than an accurate rendition.
powerfully provocative kaleidoscopic designs are
constructed around a symmetrical image whose shapes
reflect on each other, the result of a meticulously
detailed process beginning with mathematically
precise templates developed by the artist herself.
Drawn free hand with pencil, ruler and compass on
tracing paper, the basic design is transferred to
paper. Then she applies watercolor, gouache, dye,
colored pencil and/or ink to create the intricate
shapes, patterns and intense colors. The impression
of balance, harmony, rhythm and repetition result is
a kind of visual litany with deep meditative and
These original designs have
been inspired primarily by beautifully crafted
traditional objets d’art such as Persian carpets,
Japanese kimonos, Renaissance tapestries, Moorish
architecture, Asian ceramics, and illuminated
These works are meticulously and
painstakingly created starting with a design on
tracing paper which is transferred to the painting
surface. McGinnis chooses colors to match the
inspiration source and often includes gold and
silver metallic paints as elegant finishing touches.
Some of these designs are painted on silk by her and
have been adapted for the home décor market.
CIRCLES and SPIRALS, SWIRLS and TWIRLS
Playfulness is a
component of creativity. In this series, McGinnis often uses
tools in children’s craft kits such as Hasbro’s Spirograph
and Klutz’s Spiro Draw to make circular and spiral figures
and then builds them up into bursts of colorful energy in
swirls and twirls.
Watercolor, sometimes in combination with
colored pencil, permanent markers and highlighters are used
to enhance the original shapes. The bright hues and swirls
create a cosmic, starry, celestial impression.
KETUBAHS and WEDDING COMMEMORATIVES
Ketubahs are Jewish wedding contracts with elaborate
artwork surrounding the text. They are meant to be
displayed in the home as a continual reminder of the
couple’s vows. McGinnis has created a variety of
designs for this form of ceremonial art.
view and purchase a ketubah here via a link to
ketubah.com where her designs are available on an
exclusive basis. She has also created designs for
non-Jewish, intercultural, and interfaith weddings
which are available here via link to ketubah.com