John attended Washington University in St. Louis where he received a BFA in 1979. Following college, he attended a four month intensive printmaking workshop at the Institute for American Universities in Avignon, France. Returning to the States in 1982, he received an MA degree in drawing and painting from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
For nearly twenty years, John worked as both a full-time freelance illustrator and landscape painter. He won awards from Print Magazine as well as having work appear in the Society of Illustrators annual show. Since the late 2000’s, he has been painting full time. His paintings can be found in private, corporate, and museum collections throughout North America.
Professional memberships have included the Society of Illustrators, the Illustrators Partnership of America, the National Association of Plein Air Painters, the Graphic Artists Guild, and the Oil Painters of America. He is certified through the Creativity Coaching Association as a creativity coach and brings his coaching experience to his workshops.
“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
1982 – M.A., Painting; Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1979 –Institute for American Universities, Avignon, France; printmaking studies
1979 – B.F.A., Illustration; Washington University, St. Louis, MO
PAINTING EXHIBITION RECORD
2017 – The Greylock Gallery, Williamstown, MA
2015 – The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA
2014 – The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA
2013 – The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA
2012 – The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA
2011 – The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA
2011 – Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT [with Brian Sweetland]
2010 – The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA
2010 – Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT
2008 -The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA
2007 – The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA
2006 – Aiken Art Center, Aiken, SC.
2006 – The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA
2005 – The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA
2004 – The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA [digital woodcuts]
Group shows include:
2018 – The Salmagundi Club of New York: “Landscapes Day and Night.” Winner J. Francis Murphy Award.
2017 – Oil Painters of America, National Juried Exhibition, Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2017 – American Miniatures, Settlers West Gallery, Tuscon, AZ
2016 – HooRWA show, Williamstown, MA
2016 – Oil Painters of America, Juried Show of Traditional Oils, Fort Wayne, IN
2016 – Settlers West, Small Paintings exhibition, Tucson, AZ
2016 – Oil Painters of America 25th annual National Juried Exhibition, Dallas, TX
2015 – The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA
2013 – “The Quiet Landscape,” West Cornwall, CT [w/ Curt Hanson]
2013 – Salon International 2013 show, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2012 – “The Collector’s Exhibit” Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT
2010 – “Landscape 2010” ASA, Cambridge, NY
2010 – Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT 81st Annual Members’ Exhibition
2008 – The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, Mass. “American Realists.”
2008 – The Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester VT. 52nd National Fall Open.
*(received the Award of Distinction Prize)
2007 – The Harrison Gallery, “Williamstown Landscapes.”
2007 – Texas Art Gallery, The Natural World Observed, NAPPAP group show, Dallas, TX
2006 – MCLA Gallery 51, “Here’s Looking At You,” North Adams, MA
2006 – Elkhorn Gallery, The Natural World Observed, NAPPAP group show, Winter Park, CO
2005 – The Harrison Gallery, “Williamstown Landscapes,” Williamstown, MA
2017 – Instruction video published by Streamline Publishing.
2012 – Plein Air Magazine, “Plein Air Paintings as Training to Overcome Fear.” Jan 2013 issue.
2010 – “Point of View,” feature article, Berkshire Living magazine, October 2010
2004 – featured in The Art of Der Spiegel, Cover Illustrations over Five Decades, pub. by teNeues, Hamburg.
1998 – featured in Secrets de la Carte a Gratter, by Marco Elliott, pub. 1999 by LTA, Paris
1993 – The Artist’s Magazine (Jan. issue) “Setting Up Shop In The Boondocks”
1992 – The Artist’s Magazine (Feb. issue), “Freelancing From Anywhere”
Warm Springs Gallery
12 Katydid Trail
Warm Springs, VA 24484
Gallery & Cafe Hours
April 1 – December 31, 2021
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
11 am – 3 pm
Eigth Annual Bath County
Plein Air Festival
September 27 – October 3, 2021
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.