J MacDonald Henry (1960-2008) was an internationally known Jamaican artist. Her mother and child portraits were the most popular of her works.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Henry went to the United States on an art scholarship when she was 13 years old. She later graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) with a B.A. degree in painting and design, followed by graduate work in ceramics at the University of Houston.
She had her first one woman show in Jamaica in 1960, and was commissioned to create artwork for organizations and businesses in Jamaica. In 1961, she was involved in illustrating a series of Island Readers school books that featured Jamaican children.
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