Kevin J. McDonald


Kevin’s formal education in the art world was at Du Cret School of Art in Plainfield, N.J., where he graduated in 1981. He studied under noted Illustrator Peter Caras who had mentored under Norman Rockwell.
While employed in corporate advertising for over 35 years, his focus now is on his historical paintings. Kevin likes the historical research and takes most of his own reference photos. He has traveled the American West from Arizona to Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and attends western photo shoots in South Dakota taking reference photos for his paintings. In 2020 he hiked the east and west sides of the Wind River Mountains while taking some great reference photos for future paintings.
His artwork has been published in books, magazines and other publications including covers of MuzzleLoader and MuzzleBlast magazines. Recent shows include Settler’s West Galleries American Miniature Show, Bosque Art Classic, Mountain Oyster Club Contemporary Western Art Show & Sale, Mountain View Americana Art Show, and the upcoming Small Works, Great Wonders Art Sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Lord Nelson’s Gallery – Exhibited at the 21st annual History Meets the Arts (HMTA) Show & Sale at Gettysburg College in historic Gettysburg, PA. Exhibits every year at the 18th Century Artisan Show in Lewisburg, PA with fellow artist Robert Albrecht as part of Brushes with History. One and two person shows in Pennsylvania, including at the Pennsylvania Longrifle Museum. Former editor, and current art director for the Kentucky Rifle Association’s Bulletin as well as being a member, and collector of Kentucky Rifles and accoutrements. Other memberships include The Contemporary Longrifle Association, Honourable Company of Horners, Jacobsburg Historical Society and a member of The Sweet Lucy Society.
Kevin also participates as a Revolutionary War re-enactor every December at Washington’s Crossing, PA, celebrating the historic Crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Day in 1776. “I’m inspired to portray characters from American history – native people, explorers, and pioneers who settled and crossed this continent, and their interaction. They represent the true grit and individual spirit that molded this country. The scenes and characters that I paint hopefully make the viewer more aware of their contributions.

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