Kathleen McDonald is a painter, printmaker, potter and photographer who has exhibited in over one hundred and fifty venues in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Florida and abroad, and has had many one artist shows. Her work hangs in many private and corporate collections in the United States, most notably Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, and in several foreign countries. She has been a finalist in numerous art competitions and juried exhibits, including First Prize at the Women Contemporary Artists Exhibition at Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club at the New York Arts Club in New York City, sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Asian Exhibition of Prints in Wakayama, Japan.  She is a member of many professional art organizations, including National League of American Pen Women, Women Contemporary Artists and Florida Printmaker Society. Her nature photographs can be seen in Sarasota: A Photographic Portrait and in Key West: A Photographic Portrait, both by Twin Light Publishers.


Kathleen taught monotype printmaking for eight years at Venice Art Center in Venice, Florida.  She was President & CEO of Art Center Sarasota from 2007 until 2011.  Kathleen is a member of Women Contemporary Artists and National League of American Pen Women, both in Sarasota, Florida. She is also a member of the Sarasota County Arts Council and the Florida Printmaker Society. 


After college and graduate school, Kathleen worked as an elementary school teacher, a psychotherapist and an international adoption agency director.  She spent six years studying every aspect of studio art at the Montclair Museum Art School in Montclair, NJ and has been a full time artist since 1989. 

Quotes about Work  

“Kathleen McDonald ventures further into colorism, capturing the strong hues of exotic locales.”     Newark Star Ledger


“A bold colorist”

Independent News, Passaic County, New Jersey 


“McDonald’s paintings are reminiscent of the Post-Impressionists and the Fauves in her fearless use of pure color.”

Johnson & Johnson Company World Headquarters Permanent Collection Catalog


“Vivid colors, thick paint and bold brushstrokes are the hallmarks of her work.”

Bergen Record, Bergen County, NJ


“Kathleen McDonald has mastered her medium, using intense, brilliant color in her innovative interpretation of her subject matter.” 

Michael Milkovich, Curator, St. Petersburg Museum of Art


“Kathleen McDonald’s bold and bright landscapes, in oil paintings and monotypes, are expressions of her world travels.”

Sarasota Herald Tribune Style Magazine