PAINTING WITH A PLASMA CUTTER
Although she grew up in the home of a classically trained artist, her father and first art teacher, Barbara McDonald did not find her personal artistic obsession until relatively late in life, when she enrolled in a class on metal fabrication. She began producing wall sculpture out of steel on board with a unique, organic perspective, sometimes with stained glass embellishments. Each piece she produces is one of a kind. The themes are generally cosmic, or at least other-worldly.
Barbara's welding instructor coined the phrase, "painting with a plasma cutter" to describe Barbara's distinctive approach. Using freehand organic strokes of heat from the plasma cutter, she produces abstract designs and fanciful creatures drawn from the unconscious. The sculptures have the effect of seeming familiar and alien at the same time. This style is exclusive to Barbara's work.
Barbara McDonald's past career was as a trial lawyer. In 1973, she graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law as class valedictorian with a JD degree, magna cum laude. She retired from practicing law 37 years later and began creating her unique sculptures.
Barbara has been married since 1959 to her high school sweetheart, John. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Barbara and her husband [a lawyer turned management consultant] live in Oceanside, California at the verge of a wildlife habitat.