Jeri Macdonald is a native of Cambridge, New York, having been born and residing there much of her life. She received her BFA in 1976 from Windham College in Putney, Vermont. While at Windham she spent a semester in Aix en Provence studying Romanesque architecture and concentrating in studio art drawing and painting. After traveling around the country for a few years, she started her family and returned to Cambridge in 1980. In 1985 she set up her studio in Varak Park where she painted until moving to her new studio at her residence in Center Cambridge in 2008.
She has shown her work in many local venues. These include the Valley Artisans Market and other local galleries and shows, as well as the Albany Center Gallery, Larac, the Southern Vermont Arts Center, and the Mohawk/Hudson Regional Exhibit.
Over the years Jeri has worked in various media including oils, pastel, ceramics, wood, encaustic, and ink. Oil paint has always been her first love but the last few years have been devoted more to india ink on yupo, as well as small encaustic sketches. Just as her mediums have changed over the years, so has her subject matter. In the late 80’s and early 90’s highways and family photos were her focus. Later her interest was in glassware and dishes and, more recently, fabrics and drapery. Her more recent work has continued the drapery theme using lace and pearls.
Her work has always been realistic with the exception of the small encaustics, these are abstract pieces that she hopes to translate into larger works in the future.
Whatever the subject matter, her primary focus has always been light and the creation of illusion.