Fiona McDonald was born in Dublin. She graduated with a BSc Hons in Biological Chemistry from the Coleraine University of Ulster before attending the National College of Art and Design. In her final year, she began experimenting with alternative methods of etching plates using electrolysis. She then completed her MA at the NCAD before going on to study for an MSc in Multimedia Systems at Trinity College. She is a member of the Black Church Print Studio, Dublin and continues to exhibit her work widely.