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Grant Macdonald

( b. 1944 )

Artist Bio

A painter of the Texas landscape and wildlife in “interpretive realism,” born in Leesburg, Virginia in 1944 and living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “Some people regard artists,” he points out, “as nothing more than a reflection of contemporary society, for better or worse. They seem to think that when society catches a cold, the function of the artist is to sneeze, frame his handkerchief, and call it art.Raised in Baird, Texas, he began to draw at six and took private instruction while in grade school.

After completing his secondary education in Virginia, Grant MacDonald received his BFA from the University of Mississippi in 1966, served as an officer in the Air Force until 1970, and settled in Kerrville to paint. The “primary interest was portraiture, but my move to the Texas Hill County resulted in a new awareness of landscape and wildlife which is abundant here. Also, my long-time interest in the human form has found new expression in my portrayals of contemporary ranch life."

“I believe the viewer brings his own experience and imagination to a painting, but an artist should not depend on his viewer. An artist should also be a craftsman. He must have mastered technical skills. An untrained child wildly banding on a piano is expressing himself, but we would hardly call him a musician. The same standard should apply to artist.

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The Shelton Smith Collection | Gallery viewings by appointment only
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