Born in 1956 James McDonald RSW studied at Edinburgh College of Art 1974-78, and completed his postgraduate year there in 1979. He spent the next five years printmaking including work for John Bellany and Elizabeth Blackadder. McDonald has painted full-tine since. His work has won numerous awards including the Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship, British Council Travel Grant and the Alexander Stone Foundation Award. He has exhibited widely throughout the UK and is represented in numerous corporate collections in the UK and Canada.