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Trish Donald

Author | Illustrator | Graphic Designer



My personal values include:

•    Creativity
•    Integrity
•    Generosity
•    Presence
•    Playfulness

Professional Practice Philosophy

I am a leader who actively inspires creative growth in others that are heart felt and provide deep meaning and connection to oneself and others.

I have worked in a variety of design studios in New Zealand and Australia. As a painter I was drawn to landscapes, however, over the last three years I have fallen in love with illustrating and transitioned into children’s picture books.

I love texture so my work often uses mixed media; pen, paint and found objects such as reflectors and flattened bottle caps collected off the road. I get excited about the textures in aging concrete walls and weathered posters so photograph them to include in my work.  When creating a drawing I bring all the elements together, assembling and building layers until I am happy with the composition. It is great fun!



  • Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice (Engaging Creative Discourse)

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts - major in Graphic Design

  • Graduate Diploma of Vocational   Education and Training

  • Diploma Management

  • TAE Certificate IV in Training and Assessment   


Work History

University of New England

Learning Media Producer

2012 - Currently employed


I create media resources used in the universities strategic projects and for academic staff to use in their teaching. Resources range from websites, interactive diagrams, animation and graphics.  I also design for print including booklets and posters.


I also run workshops for academic and professional staff to explore ways of translating teaching content into media rich assets for online environments. My work often crosses into learning design and I am in the unique position of being able to marry my teaching and design background to create resources that meet the pedagogical standards and practices of the university.




TAFE New England Institute

Armidale Campus


1998 - 2012

I taught graphic design to Certificate IV and Diploma students, developing lesson plans, resources and assessment tools. I undertook a mentoring and leadership role within the design section, as well as liaising with industry and internal stakeholders ensuring courses aligned with continual improvement and compliance policies within the faculty. During my time at TAFE I successfully built a vibrant design community within the institute.

Various design studios

1991 - 2011

- UNE Partnerships - designer

- The Penta Group - Coordinator

- Capre - designer

- The Caxton Press - designer


  • Australian Writers' Centre (AWC)

  • Creative Kids Tales (CKT)

  • Society of Women Writers NSW inc

  • New England Writers' Centre

  • New England Regional Art Museum



2023 - Illustrating Armidale - group show

2019 - The Illustrators - group show

2016 - Into The Woods - group show

2014 - So Sweet - solo show

2010 - A Sense of Isolation - solo show

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