work is moody, drenched in symbolism, a touch of fantasy and underlying narratives that seem to extend off the edges of the canvas. Delving into the familiar and bringing forward the ordinary to be viewed with emotional and visual elevation. Llael's early influences were Jeffrey Smart and Edward Hopper and in later years as her work evolved into what we see today, Llael cites the Flemish masters and Pre Raphaelites as a major influence on her work. Llael has sold her work into private and corporate collections in New York, Miami, France, UK  and Australia, to name a few. She now has a studio in the Victorian highlands where she continues her painting practices, exhibitions and teaches private painting workshops. 


Llael McDonald grew up in the inner-city Melbourne suburb of Spotswood and showed and early propensity for the visual arts, particularly painting, which set her on the path as a professional artist at a young age. 

In her tertiary years Llael attended ICAD (independent college of Art and Design) situated in the creative and high energy hub of Chapel Street. She studied painting under artist Terri Matassonni and graduated with one of the top portfolios in 1996.

Selected Exhibitions

01 Collins in the CBD of Melbourne (1995),

The ICAD Galleries in Prahran, Melbourne (1993 to 1996)

The Cherry Tree Restaurant in Prahran, Melbourne (1996).

Pantechnicon Gallery in Daylesford in Joint exhibitions (2003) 
The Melbourne International art show (2004)
Pantechnicon gallery solo show. (2005) 
Pivotal Galleries in Richmond (2004 to 2005).
The Substation Newport (2007-2009)
UFFK Manhattan New York (2010)
Solo Show Arthouse Ink Gallery. (2011)
Group Exhibition Arthouse Ink Galleries. (2011)

Blue Raincoat Spotswood (2012)

The Black Dog Footscray (2012)

Fawn Gallery Collingwood (2013)

Solo Show, Catherine Abel Galleries (2014)

Solo Show, Cosmopolitan Trentham (2015)

Solo show, Cosmopolitan Hotel Trentham (2019)

Miami Basel 2019

Cosmopolitan Hotel (2020)

Artist in residence at Little Gallery 2017- 2018 -2019

Artist in residence for the Trentham Art Show.

Trentham primary school (student mural project) 2020

Bullarto Primary school    (student mural project) 2020


Finalist in the Lethbridge Small Scale Art Prize 2014
Finalist in Bluethumb Art Prize 2017
Highly Commended Trentham Easter Art Show 2017 and 2019


Public Service

Member of the board of The interlock Art Project (2003) 

Founding member of  Art In Public Places (2004)

Creator of the Free Your Art project (2018-19)

Judge for the Woodend Art show (2020)



Llael McDonald's