My Story

Hello!
     I am Beth Clark-McDonal, a whimsical artist, as well as, a pet portrait artist. I grew up in Iowa on the Mississippi River to supportive parents and a Dad who was also an amazing artist and a huge influence on me creatively and imaginatively.   
     While still in High School, I had the great honor to tutor under world renowned watercolorist, Ralph Iaccarino and after High School, I attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL earning my Associates Degree in Illustration and Graphic Design.
     Since then I have spent my life exploring and growing my creative "voice" working primarily in acrylics and watercolor. 
     I am inspired by animals, nature and whimsical characters from stories and my own imagination. My delight in whimsy has fueled my current body of work incorporating animals placed against colorful and patterned backgrounds with each animal wearing a gold crown or golden "halo". 
     One of my goals is to explore and represent the beauty of animals, not only on a physical level but at a spiritual one, as well. 
     I currently live in S. E. Virginia, with my husband and three cats. Storm, who is one of the original Two Muses, (her sister Kenzie my other Muse has since crossed the Rainbow Bridge), and two brothers, Boone and Crockett. They are a constant source of inspiration, companionship and joy. 
    
     

     



*All art and images copyright © Angela Beth Clark-McDonal.
                         Do not use without permission.