Mary McDonald

Exploring the structures of landscape is my starting point for creating paintings.  I love to experiment with perspective and the layering of directional lines, often simplifying a subject into what I see as an assembly of elements.

I strive in my paintings to strike a balance between painting a particular subject and trying not to focus my attention on the most obvious elements. 

I work from my sketch books and photographs and am very lucky to be surrounded by amazing inspirational landscapes in the west of Scotland.   My studio is at home and when I’m not painting I’m mum to two young children and my husband and I are also renovating our home.  As you can imagine the days with us are creative, busy and unpredictable.

I studied at Duncan of Jordanstone college of art and design, graduating in 2000.  Then worked as an interior designer for many years before giving it up in 2015 to focus on painting and the family. 

2017 was a horrible year as I discovered that I had cancer beside my pancreas. I was able to have treatment and the whole experience became a pivot point in my life because of the mental and physical challenges of the experience.

Painting is so important to me.  I get so much joy from creating each layer on a canvas and envisaging movement and positive direction in life.  

I have a small number of original paintings available to purchase, these are listed on this site.  Please have a look.  The paintings listed are updated regularly but its also worth keeping an eye on my Instagram to see what has just been finished and may not be listed here yet.