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Monica Macdonald

Artist's CV


 

 

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

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

 

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

BIRDS ON A WIRE XI
oil on canvas
6 x 36 in.
unframed
$600

 

Monica Macdonald, Birds on a Wire XX, acrylic on canvas, 6 x 24 in.

BIRDS ON A WIRE XX
acrylic on canvas
6 x 24 in.
unframed
$400


Monica Macdonald, Birds Eye View, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 in.

BIRDS EYE VIEW
acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 in.
framed dimension: 24.75 x 18.75 in.
$900

 

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

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

 

 

Monica Macdonald, Under the Big Top, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 in.

UNDER THE BIG TOP
acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 in.
unframed
$900


Monica Macdonald, A Bird Told Me, acrylic on TerraSkin, mounted on board, 35.5 x 23.5 in.

A BIRD TOLD ME
acrylic on TerraSkin, mounted on board
35.5 x 23.5 in.
framed dimension: 36 x 24 in.
$1,800

 

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

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

 

 

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Monica Macdonald, Shadow Birds, acrylic on canvas, 26 x 54 in.

SHADOW BIRDS
acrylic on canvas
26 x 54 in.
unframed
SOLD


Monica Macdonald, Perched, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 12 in.

PERCHED
acrylic on canvas
16 x 12 in.
unframed
$550

 

Monica Macdonald, Red Bird Blue, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 4 in.

RED BIRD BLUE
acrylic on canvas
12 x 4 in.
unframed
SOLD

 

 

Monica Macdonald, Bird Bond, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 4 in.

BIRD BOND
acrylic on canvas
12 x 4 in.
unframed
SOLD

 

Monica Macdonald, Night Birds, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 12 in.

NIGHT BIRDS
acrylic on canvas
16 x 12 in.
unframed
SOLD

 

 

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.
unframed
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.
unframed
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.
unframed
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.
unframed
SOLD

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Monica Macdonald, The Magician's Bird, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 in.

THE MAGICIAN'S BIRD
acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 in.
unframed
SOLD


 

“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