PORTRAIT OF WILL McLEAN

 

by Mary Ann DiNella

The portrait of Will McLean in union with the creatures of Florida is presented in a Limited Edition of numbered prints each signed by the artist. The portrait is museum quality on 100 pound acid free, one hundred percent rag paper with neutral PH.

Multi-talented Tampa artist, Mary Ann DiNella, specializes in watercolors and performs folk music throughout Florida and the United States, with regular tours to Europe.

Educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, she was commissioned by Sotheby Parke Bernet to do ten murals on wood panels depicting Southwest Indian culture. These now reside in lake Tahoe, Nevada. She has won over fifty awards in art competitions. Paintings and limited editions of her prints are in numrous private collections and public institutions in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

Mary Ann gave the Limited Edition print of the portrait of Will McLean as a "love gift" to further the work of the Will McLean Foundation in the areas of education and folk heritage.

Signed Print Available

Limited edition, signed and numbered portrait of Will McLean becoming one with the creatures of his songs. In this remarkable waterolor, noted artist, Mary Ann DiNella, captures the ethereal union of the singer with his beloved Florida. The passionate depth of his music is captured in the soaring harmony of the colors and shapes. Portrait, signed by artist and numbered, 20''xl 5'' suitable for framing.(pmd) 25.00. Artist Proof of same painting (pmd2) $l00.00.

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What other's have said about Will........

"the man who loved Florida the most..." John Carter. DAYTONA BEACH NEWS JOURNAL

"....the greatest writer of folk songs that Florida has ever produced."- Peter B. Gallagher. THE SEMINOLE TRIBUNE

"His songs will be sung as long as there is a Florida." - PETE SEEGER

"The Johnny Cash Show", which aired on the ABC network from 1969-1971. The Johnny Cash's TV show on which Pete Seeger talks about his friend from Florida, Will McLean and then does "Osceola."

"I would really like every Floridian to listen to his music. It would tell them important things about Florida that they're never going to learn in the newspaper or on television." George Firestone, Florida Secretary of State, 1987

'Will McLean, Florida's premier folk singer and folklorist..." - Romaine Rosharsky, ST.PETE TIMES

"You cast a song or story like you cast a spell, and an artist is able to cast an aura of enchantment around it. Will had that quality." GAMBLE ROGERS

"....an awful lot of songwriters came under his influence." -
DON GROOMS

"He was the state's foremost folk artist - a songwriter, singer, musician, storyteller and poet... " - Shari Spires, PALM BEACHPOST

Will's Music

 

Will McLean's
best known songs include:

HOLD BACK THE WATERS

OSCEOLA'S LAST WORDS

SONG OF CONCH ISLAND

CUSH HOLSTON

WILD HOG

AWAY O'ee

BALLAD OF SILVER SPRINGS

LAMENT

The late Will McLean is best known as Florida's premier folk song writer. McLean was born in 1919 near Chipley, Florida. He spent most of his life in the woods and writing songs. McLean's love of music was nurtured by his grandfather who gave him his first instrument, a gourd and cornstalk fiddle with a horsehair bow. At the age of six, he wrote his first song, "Away O'ee."

Many say he was a sweet man with a streak of contrariness. This trait compelled him to turn his back on celebrity status and to covet his privacy, forsake material comfort and steer clear of regular jobs - even to feud with his friends!

McLean's love of Florida developed as he traveled around the state from the Panhandle hardwood hammocks to the vast sea of grass called the Everglades - camping in wilderness areas, visiting friends and absorbing Florida's history

Songs about people like Acre Foot Johnson and about how the first Seminole War started, came out of those travels and visits.

Though he spent his life traveling the state, McLean took time out for concerts and festivals. He performed at New York City's Carnegie Hall and was sought after for concerts, festivals and school programs.

In the fall of 1989 he received the Florida Heritage Award for outstanding cultural contributions. The annual folk festival at White Springs, Florida was dedicated to him.

On April 17, 1996, Will McLean was inducted into the prestigious FLORIDA ARTISTS HALL OF FAME.

Cancer claimed the life of Will in January 1990. He was laid to rest on the banks of the Oklawaha River at Gore's Landing where a permanent marker honors him.

The Will McLean Music Festival is held each year in the Spring. Friends gather for a few days of Will's music, along with new friends and new music. The festival is open to the public.



Ballad of Will Mclean

Lyrics by Jack Turner
Music by Paul Champion
and Will McLean

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