Artist Steven McDonald

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About Steven


A native to the California Bay Area, Steven had the fortune to start painting professionally at the early age of 16. Inspired by his love of light and landscape, he spends as much time as he can painting around the San Francisco Bay Area and the California central coast, as well as traveling in Europe. Everywhere he paints he works on capturing the clear colors and strong brushstrokes that distinguish his work.
Steven has received extensive recognition for his work, including being featured as one of Southwest Art Magazine's 21 under 31 artists to watch and being recognized by the American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Magazine, and the Triton Museum of Art among other groups. He has studied with the California Academy of Painters for many years under the tutelage of master painters Brigitte Curt and Jim Smyth, and studied at the Lorenzo de Medici Institute in Florence. He takes inspiration from the colors of the California Impressionists, and the incredible atmospheres and compositions of the French Barbizon School.


2021 Honorable Mention, Stems Plein Air 2021 Boldbrush Fav15% March 2020 Honorable Mention, Stems Plein Air 2019 Southwest Magazine’s “21 under 31” Artists to Watch and Collect 2019 Frank Bette Award of Merit
2019 1st Place, Coyote Hills Regional Park Paint Out 2019 Honorable Mention, Greater Bay Area Open- Los Gatos, CA 2019 Co-Best in show, Livermore Art Association Plein Air Competition 2019 Best Student work February/March Plein Air Magazine Salon 2018 Honorable Mention North Valley Art League National Show 2018 PAPO Award Frank Better Alameda Paint-Out
-I was the featured artist for the 2019 Paint-Out 2018 Honorable Mention Island Award Frank Better Alameda Paint-Out 2018 Honorable Mention Central Coast Plein Air Painters, A Toast to the Coast 2013 Honorable Mention, Triton Museum Statewide Competition
-Youngest artist to receive this award

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