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McCrory combines painting with printmaking

Michelle McCrory has always known that she wanted to be an artist. It started when she won first place in her kindergarten art contest. 

She's been making art ever since. On Saturday she will bring that art to Lawton when she opens her exhibit "Natural Impressions," at the Leslie Powell Gallery.

While McCrory is an Oklahoma native, her pursuit of artistic knowledge has taken her on a winding road.

"Though I was born in Oklahoma, I moved around frequently growing up. I moved from Oklahoma to Texas, then Missouri, and Pennsylvania, then back to Texas and to Utah. As far as my artistic career goes, my decision to move to Oregon and attend Pacific Northwest College of Art solidified my intentions as an artist. It started me on the path of printmaking and gave me a wonderful foundation to build on," McCrory said. " Another big decision was moving back to Oklahoma and finishing my degree at Oklahoma State University. I had several amazing art mentors at OSU that helped me to build a strong work ethic and dedication to art-making." 

Like red mud after an Oklahoma rainstorm, McCrory's return to Oklahoma was inevitable. And her degree from OSU was perhaps more destiny than decision.

"I was born in Stillwater...also, my great-grandfather on my mother's side is Frank 'Pistol Pete' Eaton, cowboy legend and OSU mascot," McCrory said.

After graduating with a BFA from OSU, McCory was given the opportunity to teach drawing and design classes at the university. She ended up teaching there for five years.

"Being a teacher was a wonderful experience and helped me grow as an artist as well," McCrory said.

McCrory is a mixed media artist, which means she uses several different materials and methods in her art-making process. "I like to see the varying results and juxtaposition of the different elements," McCrory said.

By combining painting and printmaking, she creates a unique world of detail and abstraction. She begins by drawing a scene, then she carves small printmaking blocks which she hand-prints directly onto the paper or panels. After the blocks are printed she will draw or paint over the surface with colored pencils, watercolors or acrylics.

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