Educated in painting and illustration, MacDonald was successful as a commercial illustrator until his late thirties, when a fire destroyed his studio, along with the accumulated works of his career as painter and illustrator.[Subsequently, he began sculpting in earnest and within ten years became one of the most collected present-day figurative sculptors in America. His work has been acquired for the permanent collections of corporations such as AT&T, IBM, and Anheuser-Busch, as well as notable private collections. His work has been described as “paying tribute to the eloquence of the human form”. He is an advocate of neo-realism and figurative art, fostering emerging and professional artists through annual international Masters Workshops.
Artist in London Studio, working with dancer Sergei Polunin MacDonald’s work portrays “the beauty of the human body and the spirit that drives it”.[He works consistently with models throughout the process of creating a sculpture, often celebrated dancers, performers and athletes. MacDonald draws and sculpts his subjects over and over, often requiring models to repeat a specific dance move or spontaneous gesture. This may include small, quick sketches in an oil-base plasticine clay that are refined and enlarged as required to complete a particular piece. A mold is used to create editions in bronze through the “lost wax” technique. For each of MacDonald’s work he creates the final patina or surface coloration, which is subsequently duplicated by the patina artists on his staff for the remainder of the edition. The final patinated bronze is affixed to a marble base, also designed and selected by the artist as part of the overall sculptural composition.