David Corballis has painted in watercolour for a number of years, and has been an artist member of the Otago Art Society since the 1980s. He is a regular exhibitor at the Society, and has won awards for his work, latterly the Roy Dickison “Heart of the South” Trophy. He was educated in the North Island, gradually working his way south.
He taught for a number of years at Otago Boys’ High School as Head of English and also of Drama, directing many combined OGHS and OBHS productions. He has also directed productions for Columba, as well as acting and performing readings in other venues.
President of the Society from 2004 till August of 2007, he remains on the Council as an artist member. During his tenure as President, the OAS moved to its present site in the Railway Station.
More recently he has painted in oils, focusing on views of and from the city and on landscapes in both media, largely in Otago. He still likes to paint in both media.
Dunedin is a rewarding city for the artist. As a city it may not be large, but it does offer great variety and reflects so much of the history of New Zealand in its heritage and architecture. This latter point alone creates plenty of challenges as well as opportunities for the artist. The harbour, the hills and the weather provide a rich atmosphere.