After earning his BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art, McNally taught middle school Art for 4 years. He then went on to attend the Academy of Art in San Francisco, where he earned his MFA in Illustration. McNally is happy to have received 2 very different Art educations. His undergraduate studies provided him with freedom to experiment with concept and abstraction, and his graduate program instructed him in the classical drawing and painting skills necessary to present his stories and ideas. He currently use those conceptual and technical skills to illustrate books, to paint, and to draw from the model. McNally currently teaches Illustration at MassArt and RISD CE, Figure Drawing at the GWVS Museum, and Art History at Bay Path University.
"My figure drawings are inspired by the classical drawing tradition and by my interest in flat, abstract design. When drawing, my primary concern is composing an interesting arrangement of dark and light shapes. As I do so, I continually refer to my model, who provides the beauty of the human figure, bringing life to my design. "