Louisa McElwain

USA / 1953 - 2013
Louisa McElwain was a renowned New Mexico painter famous not only for her thickly impasted landscape paintings of the Southwest, but also her larger than life personality and adventurous, joyful soul. She was a passionate, generous, loving friend and mother.

Louisa lived fully with an extraordinary view and zest for life, which was unrivaled and contagious. Internationally recognized as a master painter, Louisa was a highly creative, intellectual mind, fully immersed in her spirituality, a great humanitarian, a self-sufficient gardener and ranch woman with immense compassion for her animals and the land. Her presence was like the summer storms she painted with such understanding and familiarity - always a welcome and refreshing surprise.

She accurately dubbed herself an “extreme painter”. Her bliss and fulfillment came to her when she was painting. She frequently shared the stories of the power of nature pulsating through her body when she was one with her environment, and her astonishment of the paintings that resulted.

Although she spent much time alone, she reveled in the company of friends, old and new. Her hunger for new experiences, knowledge, sharing herself and truly knowing others was insatiable. Louisa was a person that lived by her convictions and continually searched for truth. Our hope is that she is in a more exciting and extreme place with a clear view of our vast and unending appreciation of her contribution to our lives. Louisa left a legend.
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Suzan Hamer


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