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Artists of the Outback Creative] Helen McDonald

Artists of the Outback Creative] Helen McDonald

Outback Creative Artist - Helen McDonald

Who are your Influences?

From the simplicity of Gregg Albracht’s “The Messenger” to Peter Lik, David Muench and all the way back to Ansell Adams. My influences are all around me.

Fire sun - available in metal prints, canvas print and Acrylic  

Where in Australian do you find is your best source of inspiration?

I used to live in Sydney, however after a big treechange, we are now on the Darling Downs of Queensland. I love the diversity of the Australian bush landscape: The blue ocean lapping at sandy shores, foaming waterfalls slipping off sheer rock faces, barren empty deserts, trees wavering disorderedly in violent winds, rivers either serenely becalmed or turbulently agitated, native animals in their natural habitats and native fauna growing magnificently despite excessive droughts – and I wanted to capture it!

On the Road Home - available in metal prints, canvas print and Acrylic 


What do you find are the most difficult subjects to capture/ paint/ draw?

I don’t do people, or weddings … I think it’s because I just don’t get most of them! Give me an animal of any description: a dog, a horse, a cow, pigs, goats - I can always seem to find their soul.

What makes you start to create a piece and how do you know when you are finished?

It starts with getting a feeling or an emotion about a picture. Usually when I am out taking pictures I will take somewhere between 500 and 1500 pictures – sometimes more. Its not until I sit down and go through each and every one of them do I know if its “special” and worth taking on to the editing process. I know when a picture is finished if I can sit back and look at the picture and feel the same feeling as when I took it.


Do you have a piece artwork you are most proud of and why?

Yes. I have a piece called, Fairy Entrance that was taken at Crows Nest National Park in Queensland. Its haunting and eerie and it looks like an entrance to another dimension.


What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without?

Being a photographer my most important tool is my camera and my lenses. My work camera is a Canon 5D MKIII and the lenses – too many to mention! I use 3 editing programmes, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom.


What would you like to achieve out of your art? Where do you see yourself in a couple of years?

I am working up to holding my own Exhibition – this is something that I have always wanted to do. For now, I am taking part in local exhibitions and have been selling a few pieces. What a thrill to know that people want something of yours hanging in their home!

All photographs are for purchase in 3 different print types, all available on Helen's portfolio, please click below to have a look. Alternatively contact admin@outbackcreative.com;au.

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