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John MacDonald


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, he received an MA degree in drawing and painting from Purdue University in 1982.

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.  

Educational Background

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


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”

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