Bronwen MacDonald
The Artist

My name is Bronwen MacDonald and I’m an autodidactic artist who favours classical and imaginative realism. I live in Japan where I worked as an ESL teacher in elementary schools for over a decade. As of 2016, after a move to Nagasaki Prefecture, I quit working to pursue my artistic side. I create art with pencils and watercolour, heavily influenced by my life-long interest and training in ancient history and mythology.


It’s a very Greek idea, and a very profound one. Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it. And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the Greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? To throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the accident of our mortal selves? Euripides speaks of the Maenads: head thrown I back, throat to the stars, “more like deer than human being.” To be absolutely free! One is quite capable, of course, of working out these destructive passions in more vulgar and less efficient ways. But how glorious to release them in a single burst! To sing, to scream, to dance barefoot in the woods in the dead of night, with no more awareness of mortality than an animal! These are powerful mysteries. The bellowing of bulls. Springs of honey bubbling from the ground. If we are strong enough in our souls we can rip away the veil and look that naked, terrible beauty right in the face; let God consume us, devour us, unstring our bones. Then spit us out reborn.
― Donna Tartt, The Secret History


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