Bronwen MacDonald is a South African artist who favours classical, academic and imaginative realism. She lives in Japan with her family where she worked as an ESL teacher in elementary schools for over a decade. As of 2016, after a move to Nagasaki Prefecture, she quit working full-time to pursue her artistic side. She creates art with pencils, ink and more recently oil paints, heavily influenced by her life-long interest and training in ancient history and mythology.

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  • 2018 ~ current: Mentorship under Melissa Gay.
  • 2018 Fall: Beginning Illustration with March Scheff at SmART School.
  • 2018 Spring: Figure Boot Camp with Marc Scheff at SmART School.
  • 2017: Oil painting under Ogawa Katsuya (小川勝矢) at ARCSTUDIO ギャラリー長崎, Japan.


  • 2018 ~ Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists (ASFA)

Favourite Quote:

It’s a very Greek idea, and a very profound one. Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it…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