Don lives in Christchurch.  He was born in Wellington in 1937.  His father, a commercial artist, was killed in Crete, May 1941.  His mother was a broadcaster and potter.  He was educated at the University of Otago and completed his MA at the University of Canterbury, followed by a Diploma of Drama in Education at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.  His early art studies were at the School of Art Dunedin, and he studied water colour with H.V. Miller (Dunedin) and Life Painting with Doris Lusk (Christchurch.)

“For the first part of my working life I taught Secondary School subjects (at Linwood High School, Christchurch, 1962-67) including Drama and Art, and was for 19 years Senior Lecturer in Drama in Education training teachers, at Christchurch College of Education.  I resigned at the end of 1987, in order to paint full time.  I am married to Jill, and we have five adult children and five grandchildren.

In making my artwork I enjoy the co-ordination of hand, eye, and perception that make up good drawing and composition.  I enjoy applying paint not so much as a subject matter in its own right, as a medium for communicating quite simply and directly what is before me, or what is in my imagination.  I enjoy the step by step realisation of images which never turn out quite the way I had envisaged them, and the moods and feelings evoked as I work.”

Over the years I have tutored painting at institutions including CoCA and Canterbury Art Groups. While demonstrating my own approach where necessary, my main focus is on helping students to find their own style.



2013                First Prize, Annual Exhibition, Otago Art Society, Dunedin

2010                 Travel to paint in Scotland and Spain

2008                 Travel to paint in Britain and Spain   

2007                  Otago Art Society Exhibition & Book Launch “Hold

                          Very Tight Please”, with 75 paintings of NZ Cable Cars, their life and times

2004                  July: Fishers Fine Arts, with Clark Esplin

2003                August: Fishers Fine Arts, with Don Hill

2002                March: Fishers Fine Arts, with Lindsay Jefferis & Ernest Papps

June: Selwyn Gallery, Darfield with Maurice Askew, Malcolm Mason, Geoffrey Shaw & Brian T Simon

2001                May:    Fishers Fine Arts, with Clark Esplin

July: Rosslyn Gallery, Dunedin & Bealey Gallery Christchurch

2000                March: Fishers Fine Arts, with Bill Moore

April: Rutherford Gallery

1999                February:  Rutherford Gallery, with Clark Esplin & Bill Moore

May to October was spent painting in Crete, Italy, France, Northumberland, Edinburgh, Ireland, Portugal and Spain.

  • July: Fishers Fine Arts: “Three Artists.”

August: One of six artists in “Portrait of Lyttelton,” Bealey Gallery

September:  Rosslyn Gallery, with Clark Esplin & Philip Beadle

December: Pre-Christmas Exhibitions in Christchurch

                        New Zealand Artists’ Exhibition, Cork Street Gallery, London.

1997                Rosslyn Gallery. Completed a major commission for University of Otago’s first 150 years.

1995 - 97         Pre-Christmas shows at Bealey Gallery, & Fishers Fine Arts

  • Exhibitions at Fishers Fine Arts

1987 - 94         Five solo exhibitions at Canterbury Society of Arts including “Crete, Fifty Years After.”  

  •              First Prize at Ashburton Licensing Trust Exhibition

Three prizes at Mainland Art Awards & Canterbury Society of Arts

1992                Three months painting and sketching in Britain, Ireland, Italy and Greece

1985                Solo Exhibition Canterbury Society of Arts, Christchurch

1982                Solo Exhibition in Gallery 111, Christchurch

1980 - 1981      Sabbatical Leave, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

1964 – 67         Two exhibitions in Globe Theatre, Dunedin. New Zealand