Who is Don


Inspiration for this mode of working comes from the idea of impressionism.

Don is a prolific sketcher with comprehensive in-the-field skills of observation and experimental rendering which forms the basis of an art teaching philosophy successfully applied to leisure and serious amateur artists.

Private and class tuition is provided in the Coogee, Ramsgate and Blakehurst areas of Sydney, Australia. These feature painting and sketching classes for adults and children and school holiday ‘art adventures’ for young children with a strong interest in art.

‘Sketch-U’ speed sketches are performed at public functions.

Art awards include many from St George Art Society for Watercolour, Contemporary Art, and Other Mediums -a confirmation of an over-riding interest in the creative aspects of artistic expression.

Don Hails from Ontario Canada, a four year graphic design graduate of the prestigious Ontario College of Art, Toronto, and a student of Franklin Arbuckle RCA OSA.

A career commercial artist since 1964, largely self-employed in Australia, Germany and Canada. Proprietor of KibbleGraphics advertising art studio established for twenty years in Sydney CBD.

Numerous works are in private collections in Canada, USA and Australia.

President, St. George Art Society since 2001

Foundation Member of Australian Graphic Design Association

Graduate Ontario College of Art, 1964

Famous Writers Correspondence course, 1967

Past President, Lions Club of Kogarah Inc.

Don attempts to create artwork only after much thought and deliberation before rendering in an interpretative ‘zen’ manner (everything influences everything else).

The subject, and even the tools used are often secondary to the mode of expression. He uses a wide range of ‘mark-maker’ and ‘receiving media’ to create imagery for the perceived feeling and idea of a subject.

While the result appears to be rendered in a traditional manner, close inspection reveals an economy of marks, expressing aspects of individual subjects within an artwork.

Demonstration portrait by Jawai Shen, Archibald and Moran Art prize finalist.