Don James

A tonal oil painter and teacher and resident artist at Montsalvat since 1992

Don has been practicing and teaching the principles of tonal realist painting for many years. Don learned his craft from Shirley Bourne O.A.M and Alan Martin.

A Fellow of the Victorian Artists’ Society, winning the Norman Kaye Medallion in 2003 and the Deputy Lord Mayor’s Award in 2000, he is also a member of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists. He has exhibited widely both in solo and group exhibitions, including group exhibitions ‘Soundings’ and ‘Breadth’ at Montsalvat.

Beginners and advanced students are welcome and the studio classes at Montsalvat are designed to give the student the technical skills necessary to paint in a tonal realist manner. There is an emphasis on the use of materials and the ability to see as a painter sees. All subject matter is three-dimensional and the teaching concentrates mainly on still life.

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