Marci McDonald’s newest paintings were inevitable. Looking back at the strongest pieces in her extensive body of work, the lean towards abstraction is easy to see. Earlier works are known for moody, imaginative figures interwoven with inhabitants of the natural world, for fluidity of line and flawless color blends. We still see the sweeping curves, and the powerful ties to nature, but these distilled visions were coming… and are recognizably Marci’s.
It’s no surprise that Marci would emerge from a lengthy hiatus – imposed by personal losses and transitions – with an entirely new way of describing her passion for beauty.
Her artistic career began in the labor-intensive world of printmaking. Her extraordinary woodcuts were featured in more than 40 one-person shows, in American Artist Magazine, and for three years she served as artist-in-residence at Iowa State University. Most recently her newest, large-format abstract paintings were featured in the Summer 2017 issue of Acrylic Artist Magazine.
A disciplined and prolific independent artist, Marci also averaged 25 juried art fairs every year from the late ’70s through the late ’90s. Driven by this demanding schedule, Marci produced new and better work for every show, and art lovers nationwide returned year after year to add new pieces to their collections of her paintings and original prints.
At the same time, Marci produced a wide range of commission work – including paintings, commercial illustrations, product design for manufacturers of fine collectibles, and design and realization of custom sculptural metal pieces with partner Ben Sweeney. In 1998, she tackled the then-fledgling art of web design and hand-coded a website showcasing her work. It’s also no surprise that Marci describes herself as something of a workaholic!
Marci studied Fine Arts at Montana State University and the University of Nebraska. She was born in the Midwest, has lived in all four corners of the US map, was part of the flourishing art community in St. Petersburg, Florida from 2007 to 2017, and recently made a happy move back north to the gorgeous Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania.