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Gallery Hours 11am - 4pm   Tuesday through Saturday

500 Main Street, Springfield, OR 97477

Lena MacDonald Watercolors


Jul 2

Jul 27

Lena MacDonald is a “late-comer” to painting. After living in Baja California, Mexico for 18 years, at the age of 58, took her first watercolor class, from an instructor from Guadalajara.

“I was introduced to watercolor as the medium I would come to love and be inspired by,” MacDonald said. “Without any formal training, I was very wary, but felt that I could do this!”

MacDonald feels that living in many countries and cultures throughout the world has influenced her.

“My painting was sporadic until I enrolled in a weekly class in Roseburg, Oregon.” She said. “Since then, I have tried to take advantage of classes with instructors in the Pacific Northwest. They have worked with me and challenged me to grow artistically. I paint many different subjects and vary my style.”

MacDonald paints for fun with a weekly group in Eugene and enjoy the social interaction with others in these classes.

“Sometimes it all just comes together and pleases others, besides me,” she said.

MacDonald was accepted into the Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) in October 2016 and had to really move quickly to enter the 2017 WSO Spring Exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the University of Oregon Campus.

“My painting became one of the 80 chosen from 400 entries,” MacDonald said. “The inspiration for “Brave Poppies” came from the WWI poem “In Flanders Field” written by John McCrae, where the first flower to bloom on the bloodstained ground, was the red poppy. We symbolize this flower for Memorial Day with a red poppy handed out by our war veterans.”

Her watercolor paintings have been shown at the Umpqua Valley Art Association (Roseburg, OR), Emerald Arts Center (Eugene, OR), Maude Kerns Gallery (Eugene, OR), Freed Winery (Winston, OR), and New Zone (Eugene, OR), where she received the People’s Choice Award fall of 2017, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene, OR), and the WSO show “Salem, OR).

“I believe that watercolor is more about patience, than my perceived idea of perfection, and I paint what moves me at the moment,” she said. “This is a daily lesson in my life.”


A reception for the show will be held July 12, during the Springfield Second Friday Art Walk, 5 to 8 p.m.