Have we met? – my art history

Jan 31, 2022

People ask me “How long have you been an artist?” and I tell them that “I drew the best snowman in kindergarten”  It really started earlier than that!

My very first memory is crawling next door to get their crayons.  The big ones.  Eight colors.   I wanted to touch them so bad.   It is a vivid memory.  

The need to draw and color was very strong as a young child.  My mother knew it.  Everything she put in my hand gave me decisions to make -what color, how to mold it, what story to read.  OH!  Remember the watercolor coloring books?  Magic.

Origins – looking back

Stella Maris, Sullivan's Island, SC - Michel McNinch
“Stella Maris – Star of the Sea,” Oil, 5×7

I grew up on the bright, khaki sands of Sullivan’s Island, SC. Stella Maris Catholic Church was at the center of our community. My entire family went to church and school there.

2112 Pettigrew, Sullivan’s Island, SC

Although we lived on the front beach (house on left), I loved the “back beach.” Small tidal creeks were the nurseries of all living things that I loved. The birds, crabs, oysters, shrimp, fiddlers were my companions. A perfect place for a mark-maker like me to grow up. Grateful comes to mind again.

We were the grocers, builders, postmasters, and at least one artist, of the community. I would love for you to see the article written about my family’s contribution to Sullivan’s Island. Click here to read it.

My art has always been a reflection of my environment.

“There’s No Place Like Home,” oil, 5×7
“On the Causeway,” oil, 11×14

It has always been my strongest desire to make marks and tell a story about what I’m seeing. I am so grateful that mark making and visual communication has stayed a part of my life, and that you are here to share it with me.

Thank you. Michel McNinch

P. S. Let me hear your art histories. [email protected]

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  1. Robert McNinch on February 6, 2022 at 6:03 am

    Wonderful Post !

  2. Robert McNinch on February 6, 2022 at 6:04 am

    Awesome job !

  3. Virginia Donovan on February 6, 2022 at 7:37 am

    Great backstory! Thank you for sharing that…

    Happy painting!

  4. Ingrid on February 6, 2022 at 8:44 am

    Awesome and so very inspiring!

  5. Jimmy Lee on February 6, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    We finally got to read and look at all the photos on a bigger screen. This allowed us to read the news paper article on your family. WHAT A WONDERFUL STORY. Loved the family photos.. Can see the family resemblance in your Mom when she was young and your Aunt. Hope you have copies. Can’t wait to see y’all again
    Janet Janet

    • Ellen on February 6, 2022 at 6:39 pm

      Engaging story and loved the attached article. Sweeeeeeeet!

      • Michel McNinch on February 6, 2022 at 8:28 pm

        Thank you!

  6. Mary Ann Haven on February 6, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    I didn’t know you grew up on Sullivan’s.

    • Michel McNinch on February 6, 2022 at 8:28 pm

      Yep, 7th generation!

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