Donald James Waters has been painting as far back as he can remember...

He had dreams of painting full-time even in the last year of school, but social norms and his family's disapproval put those dreams on hold. Thirty five years ago, he met his wife, Margaret, who gave him the permission and the confidence to make his dreams a reality.

Today he is a well-established Australian artist with pieces in collections all over the world, including the Queen Elizabeth II collection.

Origin Publishing have been proud to have Donald's work as a part of "The Origin Collection" since 2003.

Don sees art as an adventure that must be experienced not only by the artist, but also by the viewer...

When speaking with him, you cannot help but be engulfed by his presence. He sees the world from a spiritual, beautiful and somewhat naive perspective. Listening to Don, you are plunged into the vibrant and colourful world that he endeavors to create on canvas.

Amongst his many personal ideals there has always been a sense of movement and colour. His latest series with the elongated figures in childlike situations has emphasized this. He draws from his vast experiences both on the coast and inland Australia to bring his paintings to life with a dash of humour and excitement.

To Don art must always remain an adventure; he likens it to the emotion of driving into a new land and looking down into a valley he has never been before.

Living in a rain forest of his creation in Jacobs Well, Queensland, Don is surrounded by the colour and movement of nature. His artworks are a reflection of this environment…the lush green of fernery, the flicker of a colouful lorikeet from the corner of your eye, or the sun as it filters through the leaves.