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Monica Macdonald

monica-macdonald-artist-photo“My art is a celebration of the world around me --- the landscape, the weather, the everyday fabric of life. Lively brushwork, multiple layers and vibrant joyful colors are common elements in my paintings. I love to work with acrylic and collage because of the absolute freedom it gives me to create, re-create, select, emphasize, eliminate and re-imagine.I start my paintings with loose, gestural mark-making and then move on, responding intuitively to what appears on the canvas.  I continue to dialogue with the painting and eventually, on the best of days, the painting takes over and finds its own story."

Recently I have returned to landscape for my inspiration and I find my work moving further toward abstraction as I attempt to capture the energy, spirit and essence of my subject matter.”

 Art critic and curator Ray Cronin wrote of Macdonald’s work: “The landscape of home is immensely powerful of course, made up as it is of equal parts memory, imagination and experience.... The world depicted in these paintings is stable, secure and very beautiful.  It is tempting to think of them as a kind of sympathetic magic, an attempt to make real the heart’s desire..... It’s not nostalgia, however, that makes these works so interesting.  This, rather, is reverie, the sort of daydream infused by desire and memory that somehow seems truer than mere reality.”

 Monica Macdonald is a professional artist living and working on Prince Edward Island. Monica studied at Sir Wilfred Grenfell School of Fine Art in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1996.  She has been the recipient of several Arts awards and grants including PEI Council of the Arts Professional Development Grant, the New Brunswick Arts Board Emerging Artist Creation Grant, and the John Lewis Paton Scholarship from Memorial University.  Recent Professional Development workshops in Florida and North Carolina have invigorated her work and led her in new directions.

 Monica’s paintings have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions.  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, McInnes Cooper Law, University of New Brunswick Permanent Collection, Prince Edward Island Art Bank Permanent Collection, and The Canadiana Fund National Capital Commission in Ottawa.

These newest works are  "Isolation Paintings" that Monica has created over the last several weeks.  She, like all of us, is missing the company of friends and family and is looking for a way to connect.  With each sale from this series, Monica will be making a donation to The Upper Room Hospitality Ministry, a food bank  in Charlottetown, PEI.

 

  • Together apart
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    Together apart

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    Acrylic on paper mounted on painted birch panel

    8" x 8" (Image 6" x 6")

    This painting is part of a series of "Isolation Paintings" that Monica has created over the last several weeks.  She, like all of us, is missing the company of friends and family and is looking for a way to connect.  With each sale from this series, Monica will be making a donation to The Upper Room Hospitality Ministry, a food bank  in Charlottetown, PEI.


     

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  • On fire
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    On fire

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    Acrylic on paper mounted on painted birch panel

    8" x 8" (Image 6" x 6")

    This painting is part of a series of "Isolation Paintings" that Monica has created over the last several weeks.  She, like all of us, is missing the company of friends and family and is looking for a way to connect.  With each sale from this series, Monica will be making a donation to The Upper Room Hospitality Ministry, a food bank  in Charlottetown, PEI.


     

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  • Waiting.
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    Waiting.

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    Acrylic on paper mounted on painted birch panel

    8" x 8" (Image 6" x 6")

    This painting is part of a series of "Isolation Paintings" that Monica has created over the last several weeks.  She, like all of us, is missing the company of friends and family and is looking for a way to connect.  With each sale from this series, Monica will be making a donation to The Upper Room Hospitality Ministry, a food bank  in Charlottetown, PEI.


     

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  • Apart and yet...we sing
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    Apart and yet...we sing

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    Acrylic on paper mounted on painted birch panel

    8" x 8" (Image 6" x 6")

    This painting is part of a series of "Isolation Paintings" that Monica has created over the last several weeks.  She, like all of us, is missing the company of friends and family and is looking for a way to connect.  With each sale from this series, Monica will be making a donation to The Upper Room Hospitality Ministry, a food bank  in Charlottetown, PEI.


     

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  • Surprised by joy
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    Surprised by joy

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    Acrylic on paper mounted on painted birch panel

    8" x 8" (Image 6" x 6")

    This painting is part of a series of "Isolation Paintings" that Monica has created over the last several weeks.  She, like all of us, is missing the company of friends and family and is looking for a way to connect.  With each sale from this series, Monica will be making a donation to The Upper Room Hospitality Ministry, a food bank  in Charlottetown, PEI.


     

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  • Open your window
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    Open your window

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    Acrylic on paper mounted on painted birch panel

    8" x 8" (Image 6" x 6")

    This painting is part of a series of "Isolation Paintings" that Monica has created over the last several weeks.  She, like all of us, is missing the company of friends and family and is looking for a way to connect.  With each sale from this series, Monica will be making a donation to The Upper Room Hospitality Ministry, a food bank  in Charlottetown, PEI.


     

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  • Safe in the Storm
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    Safe in the Storm

    $700.00

    Monica Macdonald

    Acrylic 

    16" x 16"

    This painting is part of the group show "Wonderland".  It will arrive at the gallery on November 22nd.  It is for sale now but must remain in the gallery for the artist reception on November 30th.

     

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  • Winter Squall
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    Winter Squall

    $1,100.00

    Monica Macdonald

    Acrylic 

    20" x 20"

    This painting is part of the group show "Wonderland".  It will arrive at the gallery on November 22nd.  It is for sale now but must remain in the gallery for the artist reception on November 30th.

     

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  • It Snowed Last Night
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    It Snowed Last Night

    $1,200.00

    Monica Macdonald

    Acrylic 

    24" x 18"


     

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  • Tumbling Downhill
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    Tumbling Downhill

    $1,250.00

    Monica Macdonald

    Acrylic 

    20" x 20"

    You can rent this painting for $20/week.  Call 902-406-2355 or CLICK for details.

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  • Playing in the Fields
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    Playing in the Fields

    $1,250.00

    Monica Macdonald

    Acrylic 

    20" x 20"

    You can rent this painting for $20/week.  Call 902-406-2355 or CLICK for details.

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  • Branches Meet Sky
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    Branches Meet Sky

    $2,500.00

    Monica Macdonald

    Acrylic 

    48" x 24"

    You can rent this painting for $20/week.  Call 902-406-2355 or CLICK for details.

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  • A Gift in Spring
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    A Gift in Spring

    $3,000.00

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    Acrylic 

    48" x 36"

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  • Fields Dressed in Pink
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    Fields Dressed in Pink

    $2,750.00

    Monica Macdonald

    Acrylic 

    36" x 36"

    You can rent this painting for $25/week.  Call 902-406-2355 or CLICK for details.

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  • Halifax Horizon
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    Halifax Horizon

    $2,500.00

    Monica Macdonald

    Acrylic

    30" x 48"

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  • Blue Fields and Memories
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    Blue Fields and Memories

    $2,750.00

    Monica Macdonald

    Acrylic & Collage

    48" x 36"

    You can rent this painting for $25/week.  Call 902-406-2355 or CLICK for details.

     

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