Denise McDonald


Beaverton,Or. 97008


About the Artist

Denise McDonald, was born in Missoula, Montana, and has spent most of her formative years in Oregon. She attended the Museum Art School of Portland Or. in the 60’s on a scholarship majoring in Graphic Arts. She attended extra night classes for additional credit at the Museum Art School in the 60s-70s.

In 1978-79 she attended the Oregon School of Arts & Crafts to study Printmaking. Printmaking has brought about a endless supply of self-expression and experimentation with printing mediums, such as etching and lino-cuts and stencils.” I can’t remember a time as a child growing up that I didn’t have a pen and pencil in my hand” “The ability to translate my surroundings to paper has been an on- going process for growing for me.”

Her skills as a Master Gardener have influenced her love for the natural environment and a fondness for floral and natural landscapes.

In 2002 she started working in pastels because it allowed her to work in vibrant colors. Pastels have added endless tone and value to her work because of her love of nature. She relishes the spectacular beauty of the northwest and its plant life with its play on lights and darks and vibrant colors.