Justin Trudeau – Lack of selling space leaves Cornwall artist stranded
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“I should be using a computer [to sell] but since I’ve lost my job, I’ve been trying to save money and don’t have my computer running right now,” he said.
With stores and art galleries closed, MacDonald not only lost sources of income, but also the primary method for him to sell his pieces.
Besides financially, MacDonald says the pandemic is hurting the community in other ways as well.
“I think it’s important art is recognized, and is a part of our education, and it’d be nice to have local people support art,” he said, adding that people need art especially because of the pandemic.
“Art keeps people centered, people really need it now to remind that that there still is beauty in this time,” he said.
MacDonald is also the author of the book Beauty, which was inspired by his love of fashion.
“My book shows mostly portraits,” he said.
Although MacDonald has lost his job, the extra time has allowed him to finish his paintings.
“I also painted this portrait of our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau… As a Canadian I feel lucky, and comforted,” he said.
MacDonald says he has not been able to receive any grants yet, but hopes more support will be available in the future to bring more art to the community.