My name is Ashley McDonald. I am a 19-year-old artist based in New Zealand, and I love to create art using a variety of mediums, including pencils and watercolor paints.

Throughout my life I have always been interested in the beauty of nature; especially animals of all shapes and sizes. I am currently in my second year of university, studying towards a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Ecology & Biodiversity and Environmental Science.

In my spare time, I love to combine my passion for animals with my passion for creating.

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June Allison 2 weeks ago

wonderful drawings and colours,

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I have been creating artwork since the moment I could hold a pencil, but I started taking art seriously around the age of 15 when I received my first commission. Since this moment I have been practicing as regularly as the school would allow.

Completing portraits of people's beloved pets has helped my skill development, and has given me experience painting all sorts of animals, from isopods to horses, and anything in between. I am mostly known for my watercolor creations, and that I love to add a unique twist to some of my animal portraits, which can involve using a purple and blue color palette, or adding stars to give a ‘galaxy’ feel to the piece.

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A ‘galaxy’ themed commission of a pet bird. Mediums used include watercolours, pencils and pens.

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CJ the nerf kid 2 weeks ago

Wow I love this and the colors are very vivid

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My most recent pencil portrait was titled ‘Full of Life’, which was my first attempt at exploring a fantasy-like genre of artwork. This piece was originally based from an image of a pet rat, which developed further from inspiration which included a forest environment, which has lots of mosses and branches. Additionally, flowers and a bee are both subjects I have wanted to paint, so they were also added. I currently have plans to create further non-realistic portraits, as I really enjoy having full freedom in terms of concepts for an artwork.

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A Kaka - one of New Zealand’s native parrots. A semi-realistic watercolour and ink piece.

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Luis Milian 2 weeks ago

wow such a beautiful drawing. I'm in awe

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Conservation is another huge passion of mine. My love for conservation is due to New Zealand being home to so many unique species of wildlife, including birds. Many are being threatened by extinction due to the introduction of mammalian predators, such as possums. An example of a bird species in trouble is the Kakapo. These large, green flightless birds have gone viral online, as a video showed an adult male ‘shagging’ the head of a cameraman! Unfortunately, there are only 144 adult birds alive today.

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Mary Esterline 2 weeks ago

You do beautiful work.

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Organizations such as Kakapo Recovery are valuable for the conservation of Kakapo, and accept donations from people all over the world. Of course, I wanted to contribute, so I created a Kakapo portrait in the hopes of raising donations for Kakapo Recovery. Thus, I began to draw my first Kakapo portrait. This was based on a photo of a male named Sirocco, and the process took many hours and was created using a variety of mediums including watercolor, markers, pencils, and pens. Amazingly, over $500 were donated from this print.

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‘Full of Life’ - a semi-realistic portrait, based on a rat. Mediums used include watercolor, markers, pencils and pens.

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Theamazingfrobo 2 weeks ago

Ok I am deeply afraid of rats and mice but I would definitely want this one

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The success of my Kakapo print has prompted me to think of further conservation-based organizations in which I can raise money for in the near future. I would love to be able to donate towards various sanctuaries around New Zealand, including Lake Rotokare and Zealandia; both of which play critical roles in the conservation of New Zealand birds.

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Eagle Girl 2 weeks ago

Ashley, You must have a fish tank. I was entranced by my iridescent sharks as well.

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Foxxy 2 weeks ago

Is that an oranda goldfish?

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My Kakapo Portrait. This piece was based on an individual named ‘Sirocco’.

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Susann Campbell 2 weeks ago

He is watching you paint and color his feathers out of love.

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Meri Popins 1 week ago

Love discus fishes

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Isabella Spharler 2 weeks ago

Such a beautiful magical creature deserves the extra magic <3

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Nikki D 2 weeks ago

Were those the only pencils used?

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Sophie Klooster, van 't 2 weeks ago

The snail is looking at the colors you used for him... I LOVE IT!! Keep creating beautiful art like this! It is amazing

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Beverley Clifford 2 weeks ago

LOOKS LIKE MY BUDGIE

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Eagle Girl 2 weeks ago

Looks like the lizard that squares off with my cat every morning

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Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller@yahoo.com 2 weeks ago

this one reminds me of Annihilation

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Eagle Girl 2 weeks ago

Love that you have an Etsy page & most of these are only $20

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Isabella Spharler 2 weeks ago

The wings are so detailed, I wish it were real Owo

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Bluebell Rizzi 2 weeks ago

I love this one! And all of them, they're amazing! ^ ^

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Julie Tomate 2 weeks ago

I love this one .

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Elina Kuusisto 2 weeks ago

My gf would LOVE this

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Susann Campbell 2 weeks ago

So many different colors yet all the same to make a beautiful painting look so real. You are Great!

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Meri Popins 1 week ago

Chameleon love that animal

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Isabella Spharler 2 weeks ago

Reminds me of my dog!! unfortunately, she's no longer with us RIP, but still so pretty!!

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