By Kirby Scudder
Educated in painting and illustration, MacDonald was successful as a commercial illustrator until his late thirties, when a fire destroyed his studio, along with the accumulated works of his career as painter and illustrator. Subsequently, he began sculpting in earnest and within ten years became one of the most collected present-day figurative sculptors in America. His work has been acquired for the permanent collections of corporations such as AT&T, IBM, and Anheuser-Busch, as well as notable private collections. Richard continues his partnership with Cirque du Soleil and a commission for the Royal Ballet School in London.