Tim & Lori McMahon
Tim McMahon was born in Waterloo, Iowa in 1954. He was educated at the University of Iowa and The University of Northern Iowa. McMahon has over 30 graduate hours mostly in ceramics, however, has always considered himself a painter. After his wife of 24 years passed away after a prolonged illness, he was hired in 2002 to teach at Hopewell High School in Huntersville, NC. He remarried, to one of his former students, and returned to the studio in earnest.
“Since January of 2003, I have painted, first with acrylics, then with oils, the landscapes and figures that inspire me. My painting helps me make sense of life. When I am painting or contemplating the recent work, I am optimistic, joyful and happy. My work is an essential part of my feeling whole, complete.”
Lori McMahon moved in 1997 to Charlotte, NC to work in the cultural sector to lead a grant-making organization supporting arts education. Serving alongside many business and political leaders influenced me to go back to graduate school. I earned a Masters of Business Administration degree in 1992 from Queens University of Charlotte through the McColl School of Business; it was a very rewarding period working with leadership across all sectors to enhance Charlotte’s growth and identity.
One day, I took a call from a friend who asked me to think about joining the Department of Art at UNC Charlotte. It turned out to be a rewarding professional change. I taught a mix of undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of studio arts, art education, and arts administration. Currently, I serve as the Associate Provost for Academic Budget and Personnel in the division of Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Education, the arts, and business administration continue to be the points of intersection in my professional life. I am able to tap my critical and creative thinking and visualization abilities to serve the business needs of our high-growth, aspirational campus.
At home, I work in an art studio that is bathed in light from 3 walls of windows that open out to our richly wooded backyard. My husband, Tim McMahon, once a career-long art teacher, is now retired. When at home together we paint and enjoy our children and grandchildren. I enjoy a rewarding, inspired life.”
“As a painter, I am inspired by the natural world. My work explores the boundaries between perception and cognition and the evocative relationship that develops between people and place. I continually re-orient my direction moving away from pictorial, recognizable imagery, toward a place of increased abstraction.
This phenomenon is often referred to as “finding one’s voice,” but in reality, the act of creating involves so much more. The rewards are significant and the act of visually ‘publishing’ is at once energizing and crushing. Through study, reflection, and intuition the content of each painting or series pulls from my own idiosyncratic experiences.”