Inspired by the soft elegant watercolors of Dürer, McLain updates the Master’s imagery with broad, gestural application paint, tantalizing color and a scale unconsidered during the 16th century. For McLain, this exploration continues his efforts of making his paint both the material it describes and the subject itself. Many of Dürer’s images are instantly recognizable, therefore giving McLain a familiar image to explore with unexpected painting efforts. Dürer created for his time, as does McLain. McLain’s strong use of color and painters motions relate directly to 21st century life, with a brashness and in-your-face sensibility.