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