Barbara McDonald Portraits

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About The Artist

About The Artist:

A rtist Barbara McDonald has always been creative, designing and drawing since childhood. It was in high school that her art teacher noticed she had a flair for portrait work, capturing the character, emotion and soul of the subject. To her the process of transforming an empty piece of paper into a captivating portrait is a magical process. Like many artist today, Barbara works from photographs and her subject matter is usually intuitive. "I see a face, a figure or location and something resonates inside me." She usually layers from light to dark, frequently spending long periods of time, maybe 35 to 45 hours, working out areas of detail on one drawing. Her process is thoughtful, slow and meticulous because she is focusing on capturing the essence of the subject. Her favorite portrait work is illustrating people and children from third-world countries. Barbara has come full circle and is sharing her artwork and passion with many organizations and groups.

My life purpose is to capture and immortalize portraits of people and children from all walks of life on this earth. To create a legacy and share with you a glimpse into the soul of their lives.



  • Medium, graphite pencil and charcoal.

  • Artwork held in private collections in the US.

  • Displays at local businesses and outdoor festivals.

  • Member of the Oregon Society of Artists, a 501c(3) non-profit organization from 2001-2016. Board Director; 2006 - 2016; Executive Secretary 2013 - 2016.

  • Public Art Committee member of the Arts Council of Lake Oswego since 2014. Arts Council of Lake Oswego develops the city’s public art collection and outdoor sculptures while providing for it’s care and conservation.

  • Auction participant with the "Art Throb' event in 2015 & 2016. A gala celebration sponsored by the Arts Council of Lake Oswego, a 501c(3) non-profit organization An event that benefits the programs and services of the Arts Council of Lake Oswego and to ensure the arts will continue to be an integral part of life in the community.

  • Chairman of the Oregon Society of Artists Partner Sponsor with ‘Art In The Pearl’ Fine Arts & Crafts Festival; 2012, 2013, 2014. In addition a demo participant for this event.

  • Auction participant with Medical Teams International in Seattle, WA and Tigard, OR. Artwork illustrated was humanitarian portraits from various countries.

  • Founding Arc Angel, HUB-Humanity Unites Brilliance a social enterprise that connects people and organizations within a global community.

AITP demo participant

  • Portrait commissions
  • Humanitarian fund-raising
  • Fine art illustrations
  • Consulting with artwork
    in homes and business settings

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