My work tells the stories of female figures of strength, focusing on those who work with their hands; keeping alive the artifacts of humanity. - Carmen McNall

California based artist Carmen McNall's paintings are punctuated by deep woodcuts creating a balance between textured patterns and stretches of pure pigment. By combining painting with added wood carving techniques, her paintings embody the idea of "handcrafted, " a theme that is central in her work through both process and subject matter as hands play a recurring role. McNall explores the body as a vessel, a container that carries us through life, using both literal vessels such as vases and containers, as well as human forms. She investigates all that is held within us: memories, tension, energy, healing properties, intuition and how these manifest into movement.