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Karly MacDonald is an illustrative artist that specializes in digital painting for animation production and sequential art. Originally from Fox Point Nova Scotia, Karly began her post-secondary at NSCC Truro. There she graduated from the Digital Animation program with honours and received the Governor General’s award of Canada for dedication to her craft. She also received a scholarship to continue her art studies. With a developing passion for art she furthered her education at MTM Animation School, Toronto, Ontario.
Upon graduation, Karly was hired as a lead character designer for 9Story Entertainment working on the animated production Pound Puppies (Hasbro). Her passion and unique skill set allowed her work on several productions since including: Fugget About It (9story Entertainment), Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (Fred Roger’s Company, PBS), Pirate’s Passage (CBC) as well as working as a freelance artist on multiple sequential art projects. Currently, she is lead environment painter for the hit animated series Wild Kratts season 6 (WK6 Productions).
Karly came to Jasper Alberta to work as an intern for Wendy Wacko at Mountain Galleries Jasper summer of 2009 between her studies. She quickly became a valuable team member and has been hired back between projects on several occasions. This experience of working and living in the Canadian Rockies and fine art world allowed Karly to expand her knowledge and encourage digital art as a new medium that combines traditional skills with modern capabilities.