Donald is not a narrative painter, more a chronicler of Australian life—his works are figurative, and delineated in a contemporary impressionist style. He paints using vibrant colours that are quintessentially Australian. His early works employed quite visible brush strokes to enhance texture which gave them a tactile quality. Later works tend to be focussed on light and shade for depth and emotion. His works generally feature people enjoying their leisure time surrounded by a mix of man-made structures, and the natural beauty of the Australian landscape. Specific subjects covered in series include; heavy industrial, native plants, Australia’s love of the surf, portraits of Artists, and the city between dust and dawn.
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