Merinda Crowder’s art is mix of serendipity and intention. Combined this creates her fluid landscape yet abstract paintings. She has been painting since she retired in 2020 due to COVID. Crowder wanted to try fluid painting and to create art in retirement.

Fluid art started in the 1930s with artists David Siqueiros where he poured paint on a canvas experimenting with accidental painting. A student of his was well-known artist Jackson Pollock. This art is studying how paint can be flowing but also manipulated depending of density, pigments, and other technical factors. She combines abstract art and turns it into landscape painting. Each color is a different pour.

Crowder recently moved to Limestone, Tennessee from South Carolina. Her studio is in the process of being built along with the arrival of chickens and cows. Currently her and her husbandhave a vegetable garden, solar panels, pollination patch, and a flow hive for honey bees. She enjoys being sustainable and wanted to go back to rural roots that grew up in. Her love of the outdoors is reflected in her beautiful artwork.

Crowder is the McKinney Center’s newest artist that will have work on display starting Friday. The reception will be this Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the McKinney Center, located at 103 Franklin Ave. She will give an artist talk at 6 p.m.

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