Laurin McCracken is an architect who has put the skills learned over the years in drawing, photographing and observing to use as a watercolorist. He studied with Gwen Bragg at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia and with Alain Gavin at the Art Institute in Chicago. He has paintings in corporate and private collections, including McGraw-Hill’s Corporate Collection and the Urban Land Institute. He also has photographs in the Graphics Arts Collection, Princeton University.
Born in Meridian, Mississippi, he attended Auburn University and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University and a Masters in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University.
McCracken is an award-winning artist whose paintings have been exhibited in juried shows around the world including the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, California Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Southern Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society.
His paintings have been included in multiple shows in China; Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial Exhibition 2010 & 2012, the Beijing International Art Biennale 2010, 2012 and 2015, the Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial 2013 and 2015 and the Qingdao International Watercolour Salon, 2014.
His paintings have been included in international watercolor juried exhibitions, such as The World Watermedia Exposition, Thailand, Malaysian Watercolour International Exhibition and the Eau en Colours, “Masters of Watercolor” exhibition St. Petersburg, Russia, International Watercolour Biennial, Belgium, International Watercolor in Fabriano Exhibition in Fabriano, Italy.
He is a signature member of more than a dozen watercolor societies including the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Southern Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, and Watercolor USA Honor Society. He is an Elected Member of the Allied Artists of America in their Watermedia Category.
His work has been published in many national and international magazines and books including: Watercolor, Watercolor Artist, Artist’s magazine, Drawing, American Artist, International Artist and Southwest Art. His work has been included in books such as Splash 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and in Strokes of Genius 2 & 3, Secrets of International Watercolor Masters, Volume #1 published in China and Masters of Realistic Imagery published in Germany.
His work is represented by Gallery 901, Santa Fe, NM, Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS, and Cassidy Bayou Gallery, Sumner, MS