Laurin McCracken was an architect before he became a painter. His experience with technical drawing and photography informs his highly detailed, photo-realistic approach to watercolor painting, which is reminiscent of the 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish painting tradition.
Born in Meridian, Mississippi, he attended Rice University and later obtained a Masters Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University. He studied with Gwen Bragg at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia and with Alain Gavin at the Art Institute of Chicago.
McCracken’s paintings have been exhibited widely. He has paintings in private and corporate collections, including that of McGraw-Hill. He currently maintains a studio in Leland, Mississippi.