ABOUT THE ARTIST
Grace Buchanan was named an Honored Artist in 2014 by the Mississippi Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA).
Grace Atkinson Buchanan’s love of art came early while growing up in rural Mississippi surrounded by paintings done by family members of several generations. As a child she visited the studio of noted Mississippi artist, Marie A. Hull, and often observed artists painting en plein air at nearby Allison's Wells. "I always knew I would be painting at some point in my life".
After graduating from Ole Miss, having majored in Southern Literature, the Classics and Art History, she began her painting journey. Buchanan found she especially was drawn to plein air work and found great local and regional instruction.
Study continued with many of the most recognized oil painters in America and Buchanan became confident in her own style. "Art is my passion and is a never ending learning and growing process", she says,"I wouldn't want it any other way really, the excitement is in the discovery."
Buchanan has been featured in publications, exhibited in local and regional shows and galleries and has taught workshops around Mississippi.
Whether painting well known landmarks and subjects locally, or far from home, she wants to " capture the beauty of the atmosphere and light as it affects objects". She works primarily in oils.
Buchanan is a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Women Painters of the Southeast, Plein Air Painters of Mississippi, The Outsiders; Plein Air Collective, and is a founding member of the Mississippi Oil Painters Association.