As a child Don loved to draw and would often bring his drawings to his grandfather, an artist and master stone cutter, to be critiqued. Later Don studied privately with Joe Brand, a respected wildlife artist and instructor at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, focusing exclusively on wildlife.
Don’s desire to work from life and vary his subject matter led him to branch out into other areas and most importantly, begin painting outside, “en plein air.” Don continued his education with outdoor workshops from a number of noted painters.
Don has exhibited at the Small Works Great Wonders Show at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum-Oklahoma, Masters in Miniature Invitational Show, Trailside Gallery-Jackson Hole Wyoming, Western Masters Show-Montana, Salon International-Texas, CM Russell Auction-Montana, Mountain Oyster Club-Arizona, National Exhibition, Oil Painters of America and previous Colorado Governor’s Invitational Art Shows.
Don continues to travel throughout Colorado and the west, “capturing the moment.”