My work has always been driven by the joy found in the simple and pure act of artistic creation. Being a full-time illustrator, I have no desire spending the limited time in which I create personal work illustrating theories of aesthetics. I enjoy the simple manipulation of color, texture, composition, line, and form and continue to be enthralled by the slow, magical appearance of illusory space as it emerges from a two-dimensional surface. My artistic preferences are for a well-composed image, the use of pattern, and the rendering of the illusion of light.
John MacDonald received a B.F.A. from Washington University and spent four months studying printmaking at the Institute for American Universities in Avignon, France. After returning to the U.S. he earned an M.A. in painting and drawing at Purdue University. For nearly thirty years, John worked as a full-time freelance illustrator and landscape painter and became a certified creativity coach. His paintings have been exhibited in a number of galleries and art centers and he has taught painting workshops in Western Massachusetts, where he lives, and in other locations
“My love of realism is directly tied to my love of the craft of painting. To build a solidly believable space of form, light, and atmosphere from the fluid dabs and smears of paint is an endless challenge and a perpetual joy.”
~ John MacDonald
Warm Springs Gallery
12 Katydid Trail
Warm Springs, VA 24484
Thursday, Friday & Saturday • 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday • 11 am – 3 pm
Thursday – Sunday • 11 am – 3 pm
Sixth Annual Bath County
Plein Air Festival
October 1–7, 2018
For seven days artists will paint picturesque scenes throughout Bath County. Visitors and locals will have the unique opportunity to observe artists as they paint on location.