Llael McDonald’s work is moody, nostalgic, a touch of fantasy with underlying narratives that change from viewer to viewer. Delving into the familiar and bringing forward the ordinary to be presented to an audience with emotional and visual elevation. Llael’s early influences were Jeffrey Smart and Edward Hopper and in later years as her work evolved into what we see today. Llael cites the Flemish masters and Pre Raphaelites as a major influence on her work. Llael has sold her work into private and corporate collections in New York, Miami, France, UK and Australia. She now has a studio in the Victorian highlands where she continues her painting practices, exhibitions and teaches private painting workshops.
Llael McDonald grew up in the inner-city Melbourne suburb of Spotswood and showed and early propensity toward the visual arts, particularly painting, which set her on the path as a professional artist at a young age. In her tertiary years Llael attended ICAD (independent college of Art and Design) situated in the creative and high energy hub of Chapel Street. She studied painting under artist Terri Matassonni and graduated with one of the top portfolios in 1996.