Kristin M. McDonald was born and raised in Prescott Arizona. Her mother was a teacher and her father a librarian and a syndicated illustrator. She grew up in a house that loved books and fantasy. As a child she grew up watching her father bring drawings to life, making imagination become reality.
As a young adult she set out to find a career that was outside a cubical and creative at the same time. After high school she worked as a paint prep in an auto body shop before finding a promising job in a fine art foundry. In no time she discovered she had a talent with patina work and this has been her trade since 2005. A Patina artist colors metal by applying chemicals and heat. “I work with the sculptors to find just the right colors and patterns to make their pieces pop.” She says “I feel that applying patina to bronze brings the life to a sculpture, this is the daily creative outlet that I was looking for. I feel very fortunate to work with very talented and respected artists every day. Some days I work with their work, and others I work on mine, it’s wonderful.”
Her own artwork and sculpture stretches far beyond the Southwest she loves. Her work introduces the viewer to people and things found in dreams and the unknown. “I’m driven to bring imagination to life as I saw my father do when I was a child. I enjoy my job, my art, and the variety of challenges and opportunities present in an art driven life.”