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Don McAra

Don McAra meets Graeme Stevenson on Colour In Your Life

Colour in Your Life featured artist Don McAra appeared on Colour In Your Life Season Nineteen (19)

Read a little bit about the artist here and support our site by joining and watching the episode below.

Born in Wellington in 1937, Don McAra has been painting full time since 1987 and is known primarily as a representational landscape artist, painting en plein air and in the studio.  

Many of his exhibitions have featured material gathered in the Greek Islands, Italy, France, Britain, Portugal and Spain.  He enjoys equally the many aspects of the South Island landscape of New Zealand.

In the 1960’s he exhibited abstract low relief textural works in mixed media.  He also explores imaginative painting based on myths and world events.  

Sometimes he incorporates clearly attributed references to the art of previous centuries in his pieces. His work is to be found in many private collections within and beyond New Zealand.  

Don McAra has won various local awards in Canterbury and Otago.

A retired educationist, his other interests include his family, gardening, and restoring old tramcars. He has written and illustrated “Hold Very Tight Please! The Cable Cars of New Zealand”  2007, Grantham House. 

Don McAra’s art work is extremely versatile with different styles, media and an array of themes and ideas and expressions. His work continues to evolve, so bringing life to his Watercolour Paintings, Oil Paintings and Mixed Media work.

Don’t miss a great opportunity to see the Don’s amazing studio. The studio is located on one of the most beautiful parts of Christchurch not far from some spectacular walking tracks on the Port Hills.

This is a wonderful chance to meet Don McAra, view his artwork and listen to some inspiring explanations about the array of approaches to painting used by him.

Small groups for an afternoon tea is a real treat for learning and enjoying this unique art world in an inspiring environment.

You can contact Don McAra about his art tips, art techniques or afternoon teas directly via his website at

Head over to our gallery and check out other amazing artists or jump on our forums and let us know what you think.

Episode: S19E12

Original Air Date: 26th April 2019

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