pastel drawing of hands holding a birdpastel drawing of a girl passing through a doorpastel drawing of a girl, overhead view
                 ___________________________________________________________ mercedes mcdonald
                                                                                                     
 
Mercedes McDonald is a successful and well-known freelance illustrator and exhibiting fine artist. Her artistic style is characterized by vivid color pastel that depict her childhood memories and multi media narratives.
 
Ms. McDonald taught illustration at the California College of Arts, San Francisco for six years, and at California State University, Fullerton. She teaches Illustration, Painting and Drawing classes at College of the Canyons.
 
Education: BFA from the Atlanta College of Art (now SCAD), California College of the Arts graduate work in Drawing under a full merit scholarship, and the San Francisco Art Institute, where she earned an M.F.A. in painting.

Awards and publications: featured artist in Communication Arts Magazine, International Book Award for Best Bilingual Picture Book, Skipping Stones Honor Award for ecological richness and cultural diversity in the world, Southwest Book Design & Production Award, Society of Illustrators LA, Illustration West 48 merit award, and the Maxwell Award
 
Illustration clients: University of Arizona Press, Lands End, Nickelodeon Publishing,
Children’s Hospital of Oakland, Bank of America, Allstate Insurance, Bose Corp., Chronicle Books, Discovery Channel, Disney, Harcourt Brace, Baron Publishing, Neiman Marcus, Orchard Books, Nordstrom, Bloomsbury USA, VCA Amtech, Apple Computer, Hewlett Packard
 
Collections: Bank of America, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Foote, Cone & Belding, Levi Plaza,San Francisco, VCA Antech, Los Angeles, Boston Gas and
Electric Company, Boston, Mass., Parlay International, Emeryville, Calif., One Market Restaurant, San Francisco, Tokuku Power Company, Japan and numerous private collections