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Meet Sean Mc Donnell – teacher, surfer, tour guide, celebrant and artist

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ˆ ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ/๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ƒ๐๐€?

I first noticed a strong liking for making art when I was about 5 years old. I received my first art book from my parents as a gift when I was 7 or 8. Drawing seemedย to come really naturally and I enjoyed creating my own illustrated stories. I had an amazing teacher at highschool who helped me to hone my painting and printmaking skills and passion for visual art. Ive now been creating and exhibiting my work for over 25 years and still love it.ย 

๐‡๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐š…..๐œ๐ซ๐š๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ?

I think someone who is a craftsperson is also anย artist, and vice versa. I like Picasso’s idea that “every child is an artist”. I believeย that everyone has the ability to create something meaningful.ย 

๐–๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž?

I mostly create art in my studio at Baylys Beach, in Northland. I also paint plein air works when Im goingย away on longer trips. Taranaki, Raglan, and Wellington. Im alwaysย drawing and usually bring a small sketchbook with me wherever I go.ย 

ย ๐–๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ž๐ง๐ฃ๐จ๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐ ?

Great question. I will stick with New Zealand artists. Iโ€™m really enjoying the surrealistย painters Guy Howard Smith and Logan Moffat. Iโ€™m also a big fan of the expressiveย works of Philip Clairmont and the landscapes of Dick Frizzel and Denis Bourke.

๐‡๐š๐ฌ ๐‚๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž?

Luckily Covid has not. If anything the lock-downs gave me the opportunity to spend more time in my studio.

๐–๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ฐ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค?

Iโ€™ve got a number of works in a number of galleries (mostly in the north Island.) The details are listed on my websiteย www.newzealandpainter.co.nz

I’m also found at @nzpainter on insta and also Sean Mc Donnell Artist on Facebook.

ย If you want to drop by my studio get in touch, Iโ€™m at 3 Kelly St, Baylys Beach, Dargaville.