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Monica Macdonald

Artist's CV

Monica Macdonald, Coming Home

COMING HOME
acrylic on canvas
6 x 6 in.
frameless
$200

 

 

Monica Macdonald, A Bouquet of Promises

A BOUQUET OF PROMISES
acrylic on canvas
6 x 6 in.
frameless
SOLD

Monica Macdonald, Blooming with Memories

BLOOMING WITH MEMORIES
acrylic on canvas
6 x 6 in.
frameless
SOLD

Monica Macdonald, House of Dreams

HOUSE OF DREAMS
acrylic on canvas
6 x 6 in.
frameless
SOLD

Monica Macdonald, Let's Play House

LET'S PLAY HOUSE
acrylic on canvas
12 x 4 in.
frameless
SOLD

 

 

 

Monica Macdonald, It Takes a Village

IT TAKES A VILLAGE
acrylic on canvas
6 x 6 in.
frameless
SOLD

 

Monica Macdonald, When I Get Home

WHEN I GET HOME
acrylic on canvas
6 x 6 in.
frameless
$200

Monica Macdonald, Sing Me Home

SING ME HOME
acrylic on canvas
12 x 4 in.
frameless
$225

Monica Macdonald, The House That Built Me

THE HOUSE THAT BUILT ME
acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 in.
frameless
$900

 

Monica Macdonald, Remember Home

REMEMBER HOME
acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 in.
frameless
$900

Monica Macdonald, Angel in Red, Mixed Media Collage, 12 x 4 in.

ANGEL IN RED
mixed media collage
12 x 4 in.
frameless
$225

 

 

 

Monica Macdonald, Cosmos, Mixed Media Collage, 6 x 6 in.

COSMOS
mixed media collage
6 x 6 in.
frameless
$200

 

Monica Macdonald, Blue Q, Mixed Media Collage, 6 x 6 in.

BLUE Q
mixed media collage
6 x 6 in.
frameless
$200

Monica Macdonald, Don't Run With Scissors, Mixed Media Collage, 12 x 4 in.

DON'T RUN WITH SCISSORS
mixed media collage
12 x 4 in.
frameless
SOLD

 

Monica MacDonald, Boxed In

BOXED IN
acrylic on canvas
5 x 7 in.
frameless
$195

Monica Macdonald, Skyscape

SKYSCAPE
mixed media collage
12 x 4 in.
frameless
SOLD

 

Monica MacDonald, Passages

PASSSAGES
mixed media collage
6 x 6 in.
frameless
SOLD

 


 

 

Monica Macdonald. Big Bang, acrylic on canvas, 44 x 44 in.

BIG BANG
acrylic on canvas
44 x 44 in.
frameless
$2,300


Monica Macdonald, Country Birds, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in.

COUNTRY BIRDS
oil on canvas
36 x 24 in.
frameless
$1,800

 

 

 

Monica Macdonald, Birds of a Feather, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 in.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER
acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 in.
frameless
$900

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Birds are a constant source of joy and inspiration in my days.  I awake in the morning to a cacophony of birdsong outside my window.  Through the day I watch as birds flit and dart among the trees, pluck juicy worms from the lawn, and clamor for food at the feeders. At night the last sound I often hear is the loons on Afton Lake calling to each other under the moonlight. 

I am particularly intrigued as I watch birds come together on a branch or a wire.  The way they gather, mingle, disperse and come back together again, their body language, their attitudes ---- it reminds me so much of our own social interactions with each other.  When we come together our body language says so much about the ways we relate to each other.  In these paintings I have tried to explore some of those relationships.

The theme of Bird on a Wire has been my companion for the past two years on my personal artistic journey of exploration and discovery.  During that time I have used the bird motif as a touchstone while I have been experimenting with new materials and techniques. I have had the good fortune to attend several workshops and artist’s residencies that have broadened my horizons and opened my eyes to new directions for my art practice.  I can see that my work is moving further toward abstraction as I attempt to capture the energy, spirit and essence of my subject matter.  My hope for the Bird on a Wire series is that the evolution of this work has brought me a step closer to revealing the heart and soul of “birdy-ness” using paint and canvas.

Monica Macdonald, 2013

Monica Macdonald, Party Line, oil on canvas, 6 x 36 in.

PARTY LINE
oil on canvas
6 x 36 in.
frameless
SOLD

Monica Macdonald, Birds on a Wire, IV, oil on canvas, 6 x 36 in.

BIRDS ON A WIRE IV
oil on canvas
6 x 36 in.
frameless
SOLD

No more wall space? These paintings crown a door frame exquisitely...

Monica Macdonald, The Bird who knew too much, acrylic on canvas, 6 x 36 in.

THE BIRD WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
acrylic on canvas
6 x 36 in.
frameless
SOLD

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Monica Macdonald, Foul Weather Friends, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 65 in.

FOUL WEATHER FRIENDS
acrylic on canvas
48 x 65 in.
frameless
SOLD

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“Exuberance, joy and humour all rolled into one… happy and bold and delicious!” These are the words of one observer to describe the works of Monica Macdonald. Monica’s paintings are characterised by lively brushwork and a vibrant use of color.  “My work is a celebration of the world around me --- the landscape, the weather, the everyday stuff of life.  My inspiration comes from these things but also from the sensuous qualities of the paint itself --- from the color, the smell, the texture, and from the pleasure of making a mark.”

Monica studied at Sir Wilfred Grenfell School of Fine Art in Corner Brook NF and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax NS where she received her Bachelor of Fine Art in 1996.  She has been the recipient of several Arts awards including the New Brunswick Arts Board Emerging Artist Creation Grant, and the John Lewis Paton Scholarship from Memorial University.  Recently she has continued her professional development by attending several workshops and artist’s residencies in Florida and North Carolina that have invigorated her work and led her in new directions.

Monica’s paintings have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Atlantic Canada.  Her work can be found hanging in private and corporate collections nationally and internationally, including CIBC Wood Gundy, McCain Foods International Ltd, Greater Halifax Partnership, Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital, the CCL Group and The Canadiana Fund National Capital Commission.

In 2007, after an absence of 30 years, Monica moved back to her childhood home of Prince Edward Island.  She can be found painting in her studio down a long clay road by a secluded tree lined lake. Her work is deeply rooted in the red soil of that landscape where for her “the distance between nature and art does not exist”. 

Monica Macdonald, Pear II, acrylic on canvas, 7 x 5 in.

PEAR II (2012)
acrylic on canvas
7 x 5 in.
framed dimension: 9.75 x 7.75 in.
$175