My farming and artistic lives are intertwined. This intimate collection of works was painted during the Autumn of 2018 and is a reflection upon this particular time of the year. On our farm, Autumn is a lesson in both patience and gratefulness as we catch our breath after a busy Summer and harvest our year’s work. In the paddock crops are gathered and in the farmhouse kitchen the bench overflows with produce grown and given. We enjoy the gentle days and clear nights, waiting and trusting that the season will break and the Autumn and Winter rains will come. And so it goes ...
For artist and farmer Wendy McDonald her creative life would struggle to exist away from the property, near the Murray River in Southwest NSW, she shares with her husband and their two children. The mixed farm on Thule Lagoon feeds inspiration for Wendy’s painting and printmaking by providing a true sense of how the landscape works. She admits she couldn’t be an artist without being a farmer and vice versa - that one could not function without the other. Her work draws from the ecology of the local environment, the ebb and flow of the creeks and rivers and the dramatic changes of the seasons. She is honoured to tell the story of the ephemeral floodplain and the joys of belonging to a small community, through her art.
Wendy’s country hospitality can be glimpsed in her still life work and though Glencoe’s farm gate. Known for her open-door philosophy, her kitchen, garden, skills and creative space are shared on a regular basis. An idyllic artists’ retreat for adults and children is offered at the cottage studio. Creative types of all persuasions take refuge at Thule Lagoon and soak up the inspiration and rawness of the surrounding natural canvas.
Wendy’s work has been shown in galleries across Regional NSW and Victoria and in Sydney and Melbourne, with pieces in private and public collections. Her works have featured in both Home Beautiful and Australian Country Style Magazine. She has been a finalist in numerous awards including The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize 2016 & 2017, The Paddington Art Prize, The Calleen Art Prize and The Swan Hill Print & Drawing Acquisitive Prize.
Wendy McDonald www.wendymcdonald.com.au
Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Ed), Deakin University 1984-1986
Recent Selected Awards, Exhibitions, Projects
2017 Finalist, The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Parliament House, Sydney
2017 “Interior Worlds”, group exhibition, Lauriston Press, Kyneton
2017 "The Inauguration" group exhibition, Southern Buoy Studios, Melbourne
2016 Finalist, The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Parliament House, Sydney
2016 "LIFE, still" group exhibition, Saint Cloche, Sydney
2016 "Twelve" group exhibition, Koskela, Sydney
2016 “This Place” SOLO exhibition, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery
2015 Finalist, Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery
2011 Finalist, Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery
2010 Landscapes from the Murray Darling, SOLO exhibition, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery
2010 SW Arts “Terrain” Exhibition, Griffith Regional Art Gallery
2009 Finalist, Paddington Art Prize, Sydney
2009 Finalist, Country Energy Landscape Prize, Lismore Regional Art Gallery
2009 Finalist, Calleen Art award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery
2008 Recipient, Regional Arts NSW professional development "Quicks" grant
2008 Finalist, National Print and Drawing Awards, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery
2008 FOUR group exhibition, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery
2008 Finalist, Stanthorpe Art Prize, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery
2007 Professional Development Scholarship, Murrumbidgee School of Creative Arts, Charles Sturt University
2009 Paddington Art Prize Lecture, Joe Frost
2010 Home Beautiful Magazine, Nov. issue, page 101
2013 Australian Country Style Magazine, April issue
2016 Australian Country Style Magazine, March issue
Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, 2016