Statement / Bio

I like to look at things for a very long time. I go outside to observe nature’s twisting vines and ever-changing landscape, and the birds that carry their subtle messages in flight. When I’m with others, I pay close attention to what they’re doing, how they sit and arrange themselves in a situation.

As a child, I watched my parents closely, wanting to mimic their ways. Both of them are storytellers: my mother, a writer with a heavy heart and critical eye for detail, and my father, a sociable folk musician. I chose to tell my story visually, spending most of my time filling pages with colorful images from my mind.

In my paintings, I explore the myriad possibilities of looking intensely at the world around me. Expressing my emotions kinetically with color is how I comprehend the world and navigate my way through life. As I have grown, my paintings have evolved from objective perceptual paintings of what I see, to introspective self-reflective narratives where I examine not solely what I see, but how I see, and what I wonder and dream about.

Quinn McNichol grew up in Glenside, PA, and currently lives and paints in Philadelphia. After receiving her BFA from Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in 2012, she participated in the Emerging Artist in Residence (EAR) program at Millersville University. She has continued to study painting at programs including the Mount Gretna School of Art (MGSoA), The Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI), and most recently was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center.