Don is a watercolorist who especially enjoys landscape painting. He enjoys the interesting contrast between the hard edges of buildings and soft curves of trees and foliage. A dramatic sky along with an old building, or a neglected, rusting structure can be found in many of his paintings.
He has enjoyed art and drawing as long as he can remember. While in grade school he recalls filling paper pads with small drawings. In high school he graduated to drawing cars and portraits of classmates. He received a degree in graphic design (then called Commercial Art) before entering the Air Force. After his discharge, he earned a BA Degree in Art from California State University Los Angeles.
A 40-year career as a Graphic Designer, fulfilled Don’s lifelong goal of working in the arts. Awards and recognition through the years for both design and painting have come from The Society of Publication Designers in New York, American Printmakers, Cal State LA and The Pomona Valley Art Association.
In addition to individual instruction, Don has taught classes for the USAF, Michael’s Stores, Claremont Adult Education and The PVAA Art Place. Don has completed numerous commissioned works and enjoys the challenge of continually improving his painting. His work has been exhibited at the Millard Sheets Gallery and Gallery SOHO in Montclair.
Don says, “I think painting is a lot like golf, a person spends most of his life refining the game.”