Abigail McDougall was born in Oxford and grew up in Canada, Italy and Dorset. She graduated from Falmouth College of Art in 2005 and has since been based in Bristol, working from the renowned Jamaica Street Studios. Although she has been selling her paintings since the age of 12, her art career really took off with her Bristol in a Different Light series. The series won her many commissions, including large paintings for Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel and for the new Ernst and Young offices. Her work has been selected for the Royal West of England Academy Autumn Show several times and has been sold at the Bristol, London and international Affordable Art Fairs. In 2010 her work was short listed for the Urbis Prize. In 2012 she was selected as an Artist Member of the RWA and as a Rise Art Selected Artist. Her last solo show Art for Sustainable Transport in March 2011 was held at the Royal West of England Academy in support of the Sustainable Transport Charity Sustrans. She recently set up her online gallery Bristol Contemporary Art.com, making her work and the work of fellow artists more widely available across the country and abroad.
Abigail's subjects have included views from her local cycle routes, including Bristol, Bath and beyond, as well as paintings from her travels to Morocco and Italy. Her most recent subjects have been the 2011 riots and Occupy London movements, iconic London landscapes and Brighton landscapes.
Abigails work has also been featured in many publications, including Vogue Magazine, the Art of England, Clifton Life, the RWA Magazine and the cover of Association of Illustrators Magazine. Her work is in collections in the U.K., the rest of Europe, Australia, India and the U.S.A. Abigail has produced and sold work for a number of charities including The Grant Bradley Charitable Trust, Friends Of The Earth, The Princes Trust, Amnesty International, Orphans Home School Russia and, most recently, Sustrans.
Abigails working process involves travelling to locations in person to spend a few days intensively gathering sketches, photos and colour studies, always seeking the most interesting light and atmosphere for her compositions.