Local girl Rachel McDonald will show off her artwork for the first time in Minden this week, proving that it's okay to let kids draw on the walls sometimes.
"I don't know how long I have been doing art," McDonald said. "But I remember drawing on the walls when I was little."
McDonald's work is based on the world around her, both artificial and natural.
Raised in the woods of northern Louisiana, her paintings and three dimensional objects mirror the wildlife and culture she has become accustomed to.
Often integrating found objects, she aims to make the outside world a part of her art, creating pieces that echo the locations she visits.
McDonald is involved in the budding art scene in Shreveport and seeks to promote the growing art community it houses. Involvement includes group exhibitions, maker's fairs, and art festivals.
Her work has been selected for juried competitions and has also been selected for publication. This recognition is what prompted City Art Works in Minden to approach her for a local show.
McDonald was raised in Minden by her parents Darren and Claire McDonald. She has one older sister, Lauren McDonald and her grandparents, John and Louise McDonald, are also from Minden.
She graduated from Minden High School in 2007, and then obtained a BFA from Louisiana Tech University in May 2011.
City Art Works, located at 701 Main Street, will hold McDonald's Art Opening from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday.