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KevinJ. McDonald

Historical Art

Kevin’s formal education in the art world was at Du Cret School of Art in Plainfield, N.J. His art career has included working as a graphic designer, illustrator, web-designer, associate art director and as an art director for a Fortune 500 company.

He has received numerous awards for his work including the MarCom Creative Gold Award, IRIS Award for excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators along with various additional awards for internal and external projects and performance. “While receiving awards for corporate graphics has been rewarding, my real passion is historical art. I love the historical research and take my own photo reference for my paintings.” Kevin has traveled the American west from Arizona to Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota taking reference photos for his paintings.

More recently, his painting GW’s Word was featured on the cover of the March 2013 issue of The Journal of the Early Americas, and The Turkey Hunter was published on the cover of the October 2013 issue of Muzzle Blasts magazine. He has also exhibited in one and two-person shows in a number of galleries.

Living near the Museum of the Pennsylvania Longrifle in Nazareth, PA, Kevin is privileged to be close to many historic sites related to early Colonial America. “The Museum of the Pennsylvania Longrifle is just two miles to my north, home of the famous Henry family of gunsmiths and the Boulton Gun factory. While an equal distance to my south is Christian Springs, one of the earliest locations in the development of the Kentucky Rifle. I’m inspired to portray characters from early America who represent the true grit and individual spirit that molded this country. These people were truly pioneers, and the scenes and characters that I paint hopefully make the viewer more aware of their contributions.”

Kevin lives with his family in Nazareth Pennsylvania just a few miles north of the Moravian settlement of Christian’s Spring, where the art of building the Kentucky Rifle was formally taught before the Revolutionary War.




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