Sam MacDonald, who now lives in Perthshire, grew up on the Isle of Lewis. Moving South he spent 4 years at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts training in Silversmithing and Metalwork where he achieved a BA (Hons). Sam then moved back North and lived on Orkney for 19 years. This enabled his love of fishing, diving and the sea to combine with his developing skills in metalwork. Sam MacDonald Art uses old, traditional metal work techniques to produce contemporary and unique pieces. He creates impressions of fish, using the tactile effects that metal, its processes and techniques have to offer.
Travelling internationally to fly fish has opened up new inspiration for Sam MacDonald Paintings. Fishing in Venezuela, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic for bonefish, permit, tarpon and barracuda have been the source of inspiration for many recent pieces as has salmon and trout fishing in Iceland and Pakistan.
Sam MacDonald is a Signature Member of The Society of Animal Artists USA (Winning the best newcomer award in 2014) and a member of the Redspot Artist group. He has been featured on BBC 2s ‘Coast’ programme and has featured in Wildlife Art Journal and X-ray International Diving Magazine and a number of fishing magazines. As well as several public commissions, his work has been acquired for private collections all over the world including installing a large salmon piece in the prestigious West Ranga Lodge in Iceland.