Wallace Edmond McDonald was born in Colorado on March 2, 1913. McDonald had his first art lessons in Florida at age 11 and continued at the California School of Fine Arts (San Francisco) after moving to California in 1928.
After graduating from San Francisco State College, he earned his Master of Fine Arts from Stanford University. During the 1940s he lived on the Monterey Peninsula; he later moved to Marin County and settled in Kentfield. For 23 years he was chairman of arts for the Tamalpais School District. He died in San Rafael, CA on July 31, 1970. His oeuvre contains 250 oil paintings of portraits, harbor scenes, and nudes.
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