Who is Gila Girl?

She is a hybrid, born of a childhood’s imaginary friend and an adult’s connection to wilderness and wildness.


She inhabits the liminal spaces between dreaming and waking, an environmental surrealist artist.


She is an outsider, an ‘other’, an explorer of the boundless multiverse she perceives. 


Gila Girl is the alter ego of expatriate American artist Leigh Ann Willar McDonagh. She is a multi-media artist, writer and illustrator. Her work is populated with a host of creatures, visions, beings and protectors that enter this world as they channel themselves into life through her hands. She is deeply influenced by the natural world and describes her work as 'environmental surrealism.'

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