Megan McDonald is an Artist and Web Designer who lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her love of painting, photography, and being creative has always been a large part of her life. She loves to experiment with different mediums and subject matter and in turn produces unique pieces.
For as long as I can remember I have loved making, collecting and creating objects. My work is normally related to cars, roads and driving and everyday life.
In the 2011 solo exhibition “Blue Skies and Beyond” at Cambridge Studio Gallery the focus was on painting road scenes and concentrating on the strong simple lines of winding roads and beautiful blue skies where the car becomes part of the landscape. It reflects the pleasure of a drive on a wide open road through the countryside on a perfect day and encourages the notion of “enjoying the journey”.
My older paintings are based on objects, particularly cars from the past. I love shiny cars that have been painstakingly restored just as much as old dilapidated rusted out heaps. I keep an eye out on country drives for abandoned cars and I take photos which I keep and refer to at a later date. I also love wandering through car shows and seeing restored cars parked in rows waiting to be admired. I love the presence, strong shapes and unique characters of cars.
More recently I have enjoyed working with pen/watercolour /gouche on paper. The subject matter varies from pretty colourful birds to my much loved dogs.
I now spend my time working on paintings, designing and developing websites, or taking a break and writing about it on my travel blog www.hatchaholiday.com.
Born 1965, Melbourne, Australia
2003 Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts),
2003 Advanced Diploma of Arts (Electronic Design & Interactive Media),
Box Hill Institute Melbourne, Australia
2020 ART AID GIPPSLAND – Gippsland Bushfire Appeal Exhibition & Auction
2020 Out of the Box – This Is Us
2015 Maroondah Art Gallery – Mayoral Art Show
2013 Belle Arti – Chapman and Bailey Art Award 2013
2012 “Selected Works” Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Belle Arti – Chapman and Bailey Art Award 2011
2011 “9 x 5: Small Gems, Walker St Gallery, Dandenong
2010 Belle Arti – Chapman and Bailey Art Award 2010
2010 “9 x 5: Small Gems, Walker St Gallery, Dandenong
2009 Belle Arti – Chapman and Bailey Art Award 2009
2008 “9X5” Walker St Gallery, Dandenong
2007 McGee’s Gallery, Mornington
2007 Linden Postcard Show, St Kilda, Melbourne
2006 “9X5” Walker St Gallery, Dandenong
2006 “The Motor Show Mk2” Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Enduring Passions, Cusp Gallery, Northcote
2006 She – Who Belongs, Walker St Gallery, Dandenong
2006 Linden Postcard Show, St Kilda, Melbourne
2005 The Discovery Art Show, Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park
2005 Artholes Gallery, Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
2005 Linden Postcard Show, St Kilda, Melbourne
2004 17th Annual Summer Exhibition, Despard Gallery, Hobart
2004 Vanguard Gallery, Northcote, Victoria
2004 Linden Postcard Show, St Kilda, Melbourne
2003 “White Cube Project” Dante’s Upstairs Gallery, Fitzroy
2003 “Emerging Steps” Maroondah Art Gallery, Melbourne
2003 “Our Surroundings” Dante’s Upstairs Gallery, Fitzroy
2003 Linden Postcard Show, St Kilda, Melbourne
2002 Creative Harmony Artworks Art Exhibition, Melbourne
2002 Eckersleys Open Space Gallery, Melbourne
Collections and Commissions
Box Hill Hospital
Maroondah City Council.
Work in private collections throughout Australia and America.
Prizes and Awards
2006 Linden Postcard Show Winner
2006 Finalist – She Who Belongs, Walker St Gallery
Exhibition forces a look beyond material goods Journal, Insite – Arts and Entertainment, p34
Tips for taking photos of your artwork,The Bulletin, No 38, The Women’s Art Register, p5
Artist and Web Designer Women in the Arts, Networking Women, Volume 1, Issue 2, p50
The motor show mk2 [Exhibition Catalogue. Exhibition curated by Jason Waterhouse at Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Oct12 – Oct 29 2006] Melbourne: Ferntree Print
Linden Postcard Show theage (melbourne) magazine, in The Age on Thursday, January 25. p69