Mahalah McWilliams is a traditional painter and owner of Red Door Space, a gallery dedicated to promoting emerging artists. Currently settled in Pittsburgh PA, she has traveled to many parts of the country and the world to learn the meanings of art. After long studies in California and Europe where she has won several scholarships and awards she paused art to start a family. Now back on the scene she is currently involved in Outlaw Artisans, The Arts for All Movement, producing shows at Red Door Space, teaching painting, and creating art activities for Pittsburgh’s youth. Her art is driven towards the prosperity of the gay community, the equality of women and the beauty of diversity.
Evolving past her original training as a watercolorist she started painting in oils to create a unique and dynamic style she uses to highlight her favorite subject, the human form. Her love of the Renaissance period and the classical masters has led her to a collection of work that celebrates to process of creating art as well and reveals that process in every piece.
In February 2011 she made her Pittsburgh art debut with “Electric Love,” an expressionistic collection of figure paintings inspired by night lights, music, love, and one human body meeting another. Her future direction will include teaching painting in her South Side studio as she expands her body of work exploring graphic novel art, fetish and fantasy work, and political statements that bring to light the realities of the life women lead through the eyes of many cultures.
The Red Door Gallery itself is an inviting place to see, and is available from time to time during the year for various shows. Click here to see the gallery itself, or scroll down to see Mahalah’s work.