Leah Macdonald



Leah Macdonald during her exhibition at Cerulean Arts

My work is a dialogue between my imagination, my curiosity, my imperfections and my desires. I express the tales of womanhood, sharing stories through form, color and texture. 

I am a portrait artist. I primarily photograph women and embellish the photographs with layers of beeswax, colored wax, painting and drawing. Adding wax for texture and color for mood changes the black and white photographs. Wax embellishes and veils my subjects and I draw to decorate and control the image. The ability to layer mediums and constantly change appearance and texture allows me to stray from reality and reach the playground of imagination. I am interested in images from nature and designs that have floral and intricate forms.
I have enjoyed a varied career path within the arts. I shoot digital commercial photography and I own a small company that designs handmade art books and wedding albums. I taught photography for 7 years at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. I am currently the Education Curriculum Director at the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center. In 2017 I was selected as the recipient of the NewCourtland Fellowship by The Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Now, over twenty years into my career as an artist and art educator, I have taught and exhibited all over the world — from being invited to do a live encaustic painting demonstration on the Martha Stewart show to working in the theater as the scenic director of In My Body: The Musical.

Leah Macdonald Resume 

Leah Macdonald's current solo exhibition is on view February 14 - March 10, 2024. 
Tour & Talk with Leah Macdonald 
Register for Encaustic Painting on Photographs Workshop with Leah 


Bird Wallpaper, encaustic on panel, 30" x 24"  Available 


Blossom Wallpaper, encaustic on panel (diptych), 17" x 21"  Available 


Gold Lady, encaustic on panel, 20" x 16"  Available 


Golden Sky, encaustic on panel, 24" x 12"  Available 


Green Gold, encaustic on panel, 24" x 18"  Available 


June, encaustic on panel, 24" x 18"  Available 


Magnolia Wallpaper, encaustic on panel, 24" x 12"  Available 


No. 344, silver toned photograph, 11" x 8.5"  Available 


No. 420, silver toned photograph, 14" x 11"  Available 


No. 431, silver toned photograph, 14" x 11"  Available 


No. 439, silver toned photograph, 14" x 11"  Available 


No. 480, silver toned photograph, 8" x 10"  Available 


No. 545, silver toned photograph, 10" x 8"  Available 


No. 758, silver toned photograph, 14" x 12"  Available 


No. 10523, silver toned photograph, 14" x 11"  Available


No. 21275, silver toned photograph, 14" x 11"  SOLD 


No. 21294, silver toned photograph, 6" x 5"  Available 


No. 21297, silver toned photograph, 10" x 8"  Available 

Leah Macdonald's most recent solo exhibition was held September 14 - October 9, 2022.  A selection of her works is currently available at the gallery as indicated. For inquiries on all other works shown, please Contact Us


Ace in a Dress, Polaroid photograph  


Allegheny, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 24" x 20"  Available 


Annie, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 14" x 11" 


Apple Tree, encaustic photograph on wood panel with handmade metal frame, 19.5" x 26"  


Birds, silver print photograph with encaustic, 15" x 13"  


Black Bird, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 48" x 24"   


Circus, Polaroid photograph  


Circus Horse, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 11" x 14"  SOLD 


Dreaming, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 10" x 8"  Available 


Edge of the Road, encaustic photograph on wood panel with handmade metal frame, 19" x 29.5"  


Fan, silver print photograph with encaustic, 16" x 14"  Available 


Feathers, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 20" x 16"  


Floating Skirt, encaustic photograph with found frame, 28" x 22"  


Grace, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 8" x 10"  Available 


June, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 6" x 7.5"  SOLD 


Kacie, silver print photograph, 13" x 12"  


Lehigh Ave, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 26" x 17"  


Lily Crying, toned silver print photograph, 19" x 14.5" 


Little Apple, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 5" x 3.5"  SOLD 


No. 569, silver print photograph, 23" x 18.5"  


No. 573, silver print photograph, 23" x 18.5"  


Peek a Boo, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 24" x 36"  SOLD 


Peonies in a Vase, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 5" x 7" 


Peonies, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 7" x 5.5"  SOLD 


Princess Ta Ta, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 14" x 11"  Available 


Rose Sky, encaustic photograph on wood panel with handmade metal frame, 11" x 14"  SOLD 


Vincent in Vermont, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 20" x 16"  


White Dress, silver print photograph, 14" x 11" 


Yellow Garden, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 20" x 16" 


Empty Dress, encaustic photograph, 36" x 24"  Available  


Bird, encaustic photograph, 11" x 9"  SOLD  


Tulips, encaustic photograph, 48" x 24"  SOLD  


Black Flowers, encaustic photograph, 10" x 8"  SOLD  


Daydream, encaustic photograph, 14" x 11"   


Darkness, encaustic photograph, 10" x 10"   SOLD  


Inner Fire, encaustic photograph, 14" x 11"  


Key Hole, encaustic photograph, 20" x 16"  

 
Lace, encaustic photography, 10" x 8"  SOLD 


Spirals, encaustic photograph, 10" x 8"  SOLD  


Stella's Garden, encaustic photograph, 11" x 14"  SOLD  


Still Life, encaustic photograph, 12" x 12"  


Black Lace, encaustic photograph, 16" x 16"  

Shadow, encaustic photograph, 16" x 12"  SOLD  

Lace, encaustic photograph, 10" x 10"  SOLD 

Feather Helmet, encaustic photograph, 10" x 8"  SOLD 


Dream Dress, encaustic photograph, 20" x 16"  SOLD  


Dancer, encaustic photograph, 24" x 16"  SOLD


Window, encaustic photograph, 6" x 6"  SOLD


Black Flower,
encaustic on board, 5" x 3"  SOLD 


Flower Abstract 1, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 24" x 18"  SOLD 


Halloween, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 12" x 12"  SOLD  


Hidden,
encaustic photograph on wood panel, 20" x 16"  SOLD


Organic,
encaustic on board, 7" x 5"  SOLD 


Orange Skirt, encaustic photograph on wood panel, 24" x 18"  SOLD 


Red Flower,
encaustic on board, 5" x 3"  SOLD 


Feather,
encaustic on board, 5" x 3"  SOLD


Pale Blue, encaustic on board, 6" x 6"  SOLD