My art is about the urban environment. Chicago has so many distinct neighborhoods, each with its own personality; colorful and intriguing with so much vitality. I am inspired by actual places and occasionally include figures engaged in daily life.

My creative process begins with my photographs. I shoot many of the subjects and their surroundings, creating a montage of the very essence and character of the place. WIth sketches and composition decided, I then prepare a canvas. My emphasis is then on drawing with attention to perspective, using thinned acrylic paint and fluid washes. Once my intent is established, I switch to sensuous oil paint. Past, present and future are expressed.

A passion for architectural forms and embellished facades intrigue me. Capturing the energy, rhythm and emotional feeling of a place is my challenge. I hope to engage the viewer and share a moment of connection.


Audrey McCartney Barrett
Audrey McCartney
Audrey Barrett
Chicago Art
Fine Art

In placid hours well-pleased we dream
Of many a brave unbodied scheme.
But form to lend, pulsed life create,
What unlike things must meet and mate:
A flame to melt --a wind to freeze;
Sad patience--joyous energies;
Humility--yet pride and scorn;
Instinct and study; love and hate;
Audacity--reverence. These must mate,
And fuse with Jacob’s mystic heart,
To wrestle with the angel--Art

Herman Melville

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