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6 Oct 2022

30 Oct 2022

Don McAra

In this exhibition Don McAra explores structures sculpted from the materials and contours of local landscapes, and the patterns and reflections thrown by its tides. Evoked in oils and watercolours, much of the work in Structures and Reflections has a maritime theme, often set around or near to Lyttelton Harbour, embracing both contemporary and past, pre-earthquake vistas.


Don McAra is an award-winning painter known primarily as a representational landscape artist, painting en plein air and in the studio. After teaching art, for the last 35 years he has been working full time as a professional artist. Initially training at Dunedin Technical College School of Art, McAra went on to study watercolours under H.V. Miller, and life painting with Doris Lusk. He has exhibited widely in commercial galleries in Christchurch, shown regularly with the Otago Art Society, and his work is found in many private collections within and beyond New Zealand. This year Don was selected by Watercolour New Zealand to show his painting, Towards the Crow’s Nest, “Endeavour” Replica in the International Watercolour Exhibition in Perth Australia, which is shown as part of this exhibition at Stoddart Cottage.


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