Laurin McCracken is the Chief Marketing Officer of Carter & Burgess in Ft. Worth, Texas. He has recently put the skills learned over the years in drawing, photographing, and observing to use as a watercolorist. McCracken studied with Gwen Bragg at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia, and with Alain Gavin at the Art Institute of Chicago. His paintings are in corporate and private collections, including McGraw-Hill's Corporate Collection and the Urban Land Institute. He also has photographs in the Graphic Arts Collection, Princeton University.
Born in Meridian Mississippi, he attended Auburn University and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University. He also has a Masters in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University.
McCracken is an award-winning artist whose paintings have been exhibited in juried shows coast-to-coast, including the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, California Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society, and the National Watercolor Society. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Southern Watercolor Society, the Texas Watercolor Society, the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, and the Watercolor Society of Alabama.
His watercolors have been published in International Artist, American Artist, The Artist's Magazine, Watercolor, Watercolor Magic, and several books, including the new Splash 9. His photographs have been widely published in architectural journals and as book covers and illustrations.
"I interpret the real world through the medium of watercolor. While I see things as a photographer, as a painter I am able to use the medium as a tool to express how I see things. One of my goals is to help people see everyday things in a new light.
My still life painting is influenced by the Dutch and Flemish still life painters of the 16th and 17th century, such as Pieter Claesz, Willem Kalf, and Jan Davidz de Heem."