Enriching the Arts

Featured Artist: Terra McDonald, MFA, ASA


Terra McDonald, Fossil


Terra McDonald is a Canadian born artist. She graduated from The Alberta College of Art & Design, BFA Painting (with Distinction) and she received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary.

Currently, Terra is the Gallery Administrator at Artpoint Gallery & Studios Society where she also has held a studio practice for many years. In the Upstairs Gallery during the Spring of 2016 Terra presented; “We Went to Winter” a solo exhibition focusing on the Dot as a central figure in the landscape.

seed II

Terra McDonald, Seed II

Q&A with the ASA

ASA: Can you tell us about your influences?

Terra:  I am mostly influenced by paint, natural processes found in nature and the beauty of nature in general. In my recent body of work; ‘We Went To Winter’, the opening to my artist statement reads, “returning for summer, spring and fall, seeing so many beautiful things and in turn inspiring the creation of the Dots – Drawing of things. The Dot being the central figure in the paintings, created through the combination of evaporation and sedimentation applied to reservoirs of paint, producing deposits representational of things found in nature.”


Terra McDonald, Midnight


ASA: What would you consider to be your most successful body of work to date?

Terra: For myself I can’t label one body of work as being the most successful. Each body of work is unique in it’s own way, and holds important meaning. Recently, I felt successful with the exhibition of Dots– “Drawings of things”.   Which draws upon natural, repetitive, controlled mark making. Rings and lines of varying contrast and accumulation, open and closed shapes, surround the central figure – the Dot.

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Crossroads Art Centre
#302 - 1235 26th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
ASA Phone: (403) 265-0012
TREX Phone: (403) 262-4669

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