Jerry McLaughlin is best known for his powerful, rough paintings built through an intensive working of dozens of layers of paint, pigments and beeswax, along with additives like earth, sand and wood ash. His highly textured, minimalist works are informed by the structural world of concrete, asphalt, stone and steel, as well as by the decay, erosion and weathering of those materials. At times austere in its minimalism, his work is intimate in its detailed textures, which invite close examination. Though McLaughlin is now a full time abstract artist, he initially trained as a pediatric critical care physician, an influence still quite palpable in his work. Recognized as an expert in cold wax medium, he teaches extensively, across the US and abroad. In 2017, he co-authored, "Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations," the first-ever comprehensive book on cold wax medium. The book recently won a 2018 International Independent Publisher Gold Medal and a 2018 International Book Award. His work has been collected across the US and internationally and has appeared in many magazines and other publications. He is represented by HG Contemporary in New York and ARTERRA in Seattle. He lives in Oakland, CA with his husband Mike and their dog Bert.