michael mcdonald, abstrakshen, eyes pried open productions

MICHAEL McDONALD has over 20 years experience in marketing, advertising and public relations, specializing in non-profit arts. Since 2005 he has been the Communications Director for the Mendocino Art Center and is concurrently serving as the Associate Publisher of the organization's preeminent Mendocino County arts and culture magazine, Mendocino Arts.


Prior to moving to the Mendocino Coast in northern California in 2002, Michael worked in marketing and public relations for Pacific Ballet Theatre and Oregon Ballet Theatre in Portland, OR. He also worked for Portland-based online advertising agency, eyescream interactive, servicing national corporations as well as pro bono clients in the non-profit arts sector.


Michael was honored as a PGE/TACS “Community Treasurer” in the City of Portland for his work in non-profit management. He has served on many boards and advisory committees, including the Friends of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Portland Dance Festival, Mendocino Heritage Days and as a founding member of the Mendocino Arts Showcase.


Michael was accepted into his first juried exhibition in 2015, with his abstract photograph "Ghost Slinky" receiving an Honorable Mention (juror Debra Klomp Ching) in the New York Center for Photographic Art's "Wandering Curves" online exhibition. Since then he has shown both abstract and travel photography in juried exhibitions in San Diego, Los Angeles, Roseville, and San Francisco, CA; Louisiana; and North Carolina; as well as online.


His photography has been published in The Emerald Magazine, Western Art & Architecture, Open Exchange, Mendocino Arts, and Mendocino Travelers Guide, among others. Michael also served as an editorial advisor in the production of the art book, Dorr Bothwell: Straws in the Wind, an artist's life as told to Bruce Levene.

ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY, to me, is about creating a mood or evoking a feeling, eschewing a representational interpretation of an object or place. I'm inspired by reflection, light, pattern, depth, luminosity, texture and color saturation.

Abstract Photography, Abstrakshen