About Chris

Originally from Dunedin New Zealand, I trained as an architect at the University of Auckland in the 1980’s (before cad) when we were fortunate to be taught by two very well known NZ artists – Pat Hanley and Claudia Pond-Eyley. Our classes were often ‘plein aire’ throughout the city enduring weather and public critique. The classes were held weekly for about 4 academic years and were supplemented with studio time including life drawing classes, water-colour and perspective drawing. 

I graduated as an architect in 1989 and life took over… but on an extended trip to Mexico a few years ago, I finally had the time to go back to art.

Three months in the vibrant colours and sunshine of Mexico got me back into painting. I did a series of 1-1 classes with an artist who lived nearby, decided to focus on acrylics as I had only ever dappled in watercolour, oils and charcoal/pen and wash at architecture school. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had a lot to call upon, I can sketch, understand perspective  and colour mixing…. and I can see. Like many architects, I like photography and had spent my holidays travelling the world and capturing images on film or digital. 

Since returning I attended courses and joined studio groups and have now moved into art full time. 

In my art, I connect with landscapes and built forms to try to find unique views, scale and illustrations of emotional connection or the transience of light and shadow. I am looking for beauty and positive emotional reactions, to enable people to take that natural experience back into their homes or lives and continue to reconnect with the spirit of place, memory and the energy it embodies.

More recently I have focused on native and endangered birds as a way to tell their story and help us protect and rebuild their numbers as we work to save the planet and ourselves from the same fate.../../../Pictures/Photos%20Library.photoslibrary/resources/media/master/09/00/fullsizeoutput_9b0.jpeg


I have an Instagram page (@Chrisodonnellartist) with my current work and a website covering both art and travel writing. www.mspacifica.com. I do commissions for my network and am building a commission business called Façade Art  for  ‘house portraits’ of loved and admired homes for clients.







    Exhibitions & Achievements

    • Harcourts Big Arts Day Out Whangamata 2021
    • Artist in Residency at the Rotorua Arts Village 2019/2020
    • NZ Art Show 2020 – online
    • Dunedin Art Show 2020
    • Craigs Aspiring Art Awards 2019


    Art Styles

    Architectural Art

    Landscape Art


    Facade Art

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    300 The Square
    Coromandel, 3620, NZ
    +64(21) 857 280

    Open Hours

    Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
    Sunday/Holidays: Closed