Wendy McDonald

Wendy McDonald

As an artist and farmer, Wendy McDonald’s creative life would struggle to exist away from the property near the Murray
River in Southwest NSW, which 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 honored to tell the story of the ephemeral floodplain and the joys of belonging to a small
community, through her art. Recent works are deeply embedded in the story of the restoration of the wetland known as
The Pollack Swamp, a significant ecological and cultural heritage flora reserve, found in the Koondrook Perricoota
Forest (one of the five Murray Darling Icon sites). Creating awareness of the history and geography of our precious
inland waterways, McDonald seeks to introduce audiences to these places, in all their fragility. ‘Under current water
policy, globalisation and corporatisation of our precious water resources is impacting severely on our floodplain
environments and communities. Introducing people to the story of these landscapes can be the first step in a
conversation about place and how we manage our floodplains going forwards.’

Wendy’s country hospitality can be glimpsed in her still life work and through 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,
the ancient bed of the Murray River, and soak up the inspiration and rawness of the surrounding natural canvas.

Wendy’s work has been shown in galleries across NSW and Victoria and in Sydney and Melbourne, with pieces in
private collections around the world. Her works have featured in both Home Beautiful and Australian Country Style
Magazine. She was honored to be included in the 2018 Thames & Hudson publication ‘A Painted Landscape’ by
Amber Creswell Bell. Wendy has been a finalist in numerous awards including The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting
Prize (2016, 2017 & 2018), the Paddington Art Prize, The Calleen Art Prize, and The Swan Hill Print & Drawing
Acquisitive Prize.

Artworks
Dunes & Reeds, Edward-Kolety River by Wendy McDonaldacrylic on linen 33x40cm framedSold
Late Winter, Thule Lagoon by Wendy McDonaldacrylic on linen 33x40cm framedSold
Looking Through, Edward-Kolety River by Wendy McDonaldacrylic on linen 33x40cm framedSold