Schuyler McClain

Artist Statement:

I prefer to use pen and ink, colored pencil, collage, printmaking and watercolor to best capture my obsession with pattern and detail. Growing up a block from the beach has allowed me to draw inspiration from nature, especially animals, plants and sea shells. My goal is to create art that comes from my personal experience and direct encounters with the natural world. Taking classes and interacting with other artists keeps my work fresh and helps me to be open to new discoveries. I also continue to grow by teaching private and small group art classes at my home. Being an artist is a way of life for me.

Artist Bio:

Schuyler McClain was born on Absecon Island off the coast of New Jersey. She grew up in Margate in a home adorned with her mother’s numerous and masterful paintings. Schuyler drew inspiration for much of her art work while walking the beaches of the Jersey shore. Schuyler received a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education and a Master of Arts in Environmental Education from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). She taught elementary art for over thirty years in New Jersey public schools and also taught art at the University of the Arts Saturday School in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Currently retired from teaching in the public schools, she is a working artist and also teaches private and small group art classes in her Moorestown home. Schuyler is a member of the Perkins Center of the Arts and the Burlington County Art Guild. In 2015 she and her daughter Emily illustrated the picture book “Bella Figlia Della Mamma” by Lorraine Haddock. Each page is illustrated with a full page watercolor. The book is written in English and Italian and is available at: Schuyler’s chosen media includes pen and ink, colored pencil, collage, printmaking and watercolor. Her subject matter usually includes natural subjects such as animals, plants and shells.


Multi-Media Fine Art
Teaching Artist