“My paintings are improvisational. I just begin to paint, pause, and paint again. Sometimes a painting will take only hours and other times weeks, even months. Days or weeks can pass whereby a painting may sit awaiting the next step, which is unknown to me until the actual moment arrives. Sometimes I dream about how to finish the painting and then I get up the next day and do it.”
Alix McLachlan approaches her work with a focus which is complete and exhaustive, excluding all outside influences, including the list of other tasks she meant to accomplish that day! Working this way can be exhausting and exhilarating but results in a mental “zone,” which produces her best creations.