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Rusty McDonald is a conceptual photographer and visual artist who lives and works in North Carolina, US. His work is multi layered photographic illustration often classified as Magic Realism and Imaginary Realism, steeped in esotericism and symbolism. Rusty has crafted and developed a meticulous process that combines photography, and digital artistry techniques, such as texturizing, layering and compositing, with digitally painted backgrounds, intricately placed real photographic elements and intuition, a kind of visual alchemy. The results have been described as atmospheric images, elusively romantic and timeless in their historical placement, painterly yet subtle, imbued with a slight wink towards old master art. Rusty is a lifelong study of mythology, ancient storytelling and the world's mysteries. A few of his influences are esoteric traditions, late and classical antiquity. metaphysics, literature, elemental and spirituality.

Rusty's work has been exhibited in many galleries in the US and internationally. Recently exhibits include the theArter galerie in Berlin alongside the works of artists such as HR Giger and The Dallas Bath House's "The Extraordinary Tale - Magic Realism in Art".  His work has been featured in numerous magazines as well as on books and album covers. Rusty is an artist with a passion for the artist/artist collaboration, which most recently resulted in the collaborative album "The Absolute Elsewhere" by Crystal Bright. Rusty's images and back stories were the inspiration for each song on the album and he can be heard as a backup vocalist as well. He's currently working on the creation of a Tarot titled "Tarot de Profundis".

Rusty is available for commissioned work, one on one training and class engagements. All Images are available for purchasing on multiple mediums. Please contact for licensing queries.




                                                                                             Recent/upcoming exhibitions and publications

Crystal Bright & The silver Hands - "Staring at The Sun" EP

Bath House Cultural Center Dallas TX "Magic Realism in Art" exhibition


Galerie Cachée - Vence France

Solstice 2017

Pagan Pride

Shift Art

Somerset Digital Studio - Tutorials

Summer Solstice Festival

KUNST Art Symbiosis w/Andreu Jacob

Feature tutorial on PhotoshopGrunge.com


Faerie Magazine

theARTer Galerie - Berlin Germany

The Spellery magazine

SEAF 2013 - Seattle

SEAF 2014 - Seattle

The Nicholson Gallery

ACP 2013 - Atlanta

Carrborro arts center - NC

NCAF 2102 - NC

Tangen Gallerie - Detroit

Amanda Palmers "Grand Theft Art Companion Book"

Summer Solstice

The absolute elsewhere Crystal Bright CD collaboration

Ine - Chasing cats


Gothic Beauty

PH Magazine


Dark Beauty

After Dark