"Eric Clapton and Dame Joan Collins personally approved their portraits, Monaco royal Charlotte Casiraghi instructed her lawyers..."
In 2012, inspired by David Hockney's adoption of the iPad as a digital canvas, McDonald began experimenting with digital artworks, notably portraits. These works appropriated imagery re-worked by the artist and output in physical form through the medium of reverse perspex mounts typically sized at 100 x 100cm (39" x 39").
Eric Clapton personally approved his portrait and it was featured on his website, ericclapton.com. Dame Joan Collins also approved of her portrait however, Monaco royal Charlotte Casiraghi objected to the digitisation of her image and instructed her lawyers to formally ban the portrait from public view.
Casiraghi's lawyers were unsuccessful however, as a mark of respect not mutually returned, McDonald has not shown the work publicly. Charlotte Casiraghi’s portrait is believed to exist in a private collection and could one day re-appear.
McDonald has undertaken private commissions for Sharron Davies MBE and James Bond 007 “View to a Kill” actress Fiona Fullerton. Ms Fullerton's portrait was created to her spec and printed to canvas.