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    Mary McDonald has painted murals throughout Northern California, using the technique of
    trompe l'oeil. In addition to murals, Mary also creates decorative paintings on ceilings and
    whole rooms too. Her decorative paintings can be found in homes and proffesional offices throughout the Bay Area. A master of the technique of trompe l'oeil, which means
    "trick of the eye", Mary transforms two-dimensional paintings into appearing three-dimensional.

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    Mary is also an accomplished portrait painter. Her works are more moment in time
    captures rather than the traditional family photographic style of other portait painters.
    Her introducion of everyday activity into her formal portraiture is another key element
    of her work.

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    About Mary

    After receiving her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1988, Mary McDonald began showing her paintings in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area beginning with that year’s “Introductions” series put on by the San Francisco Art Dealers’ Association. Her work resides in many collections.

    Since 1997 she has focused mainly on her mural and decorative painting business MCM Painting with many large and small commissions in private homes throughout the extended Bay Area.

    My painting mostly has to do with observing people in a single situation and moment in time meant to capture some inescapable truth. I’m also interested in surreal and mythological symbols to illustrate a point, but not too finely or obviously. Some mystery or something a bit ‘off’ is desired.
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    Contact Mary

    I would love to hear from you to discuss your project needs in detail. Feel free to contact me.

    Mary McDonald
    Alameda / CA / 94501 / USA
    510.522.1578 h
    510.409.1578 c


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