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Our Mentors - Donald James Waters OAM

One of our mentor artists at Creative Edge, Donald James Waters OAM is an established Australian artist with an illustrious career spanning over three decades. Don’s artwork transcends many genres to create a truly unique yet ever evolving and eclectic style. Donald has relaxed the confines of his initial beginnings in botanical art now using stylised strokes, overemphasised characters and bold blocks of colour to shift his primary focus to that of a storyteller rather than a technically correct traditional artist.

Donald’s career has taken his art to every corner of the globe and his distinctive style has made its way into the catalogues of many private and corporate collectors alike, including that of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s art collection.  More recently Donald has concentrated his efforts closer to home completing several commissioned government art projects and participating in community programs within Queensland. In 2016, Donald was awarded with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the community and the Arts and has been previously recognised as Gold Coast Citizen of the Year.  

DJW’s artworks are not merely a reproduction of landscape but a romanticised recall of memory tainted with childhood naivety. Engulfing you on his journey combining localities and moments, reminiscing upon an untamed childhood climbing trees and playing in the dusty red soil of the vast Outback; through a sunburnt adolescence stretching across the Australian coastline and into adulthood where DJW sometimes softens his lines and palette seeking solace from the urban sprawl in a medley of all elements – geographical and artistic to push the bounds of escapism into the realm of the improbable.

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All About WA Exhibition

In September 2022, Donald Waters OAM made the trip to WA for the inaugural exhibition that launched Creative Edge Art Collective. Titled 'All About WA', the exhibition featured over 30 original artworks that celebrated everything we love about our beautiful home state!

The exhibition included a fabulous opening night event, plus gallery walk around talks with Don, a live painting charity auction night, and a long form talk all about The Power of Art! It was truly an amazing and enriching art experience that highlighted our love of WA and of Don's bright, bold and energetic artwork.

You can read more about the exhibition and the artworks in the online catalogue.

Artist Mentoring

As a well established Australian artist, Donald Waters has a lot of knowledge to share with artists and the community alike. Creative Edge Art Collective is looking forward to hosting Don again in the near future.

Enquire about future opportunities through the link below.