A native Kentuckian born in 1943, Don is an artist and inventor who now lives in Anchorage, Kentucky. Although he has dabbled in painting as a hobby since college, Don became seriously interested in fine art about 10 years ago when he discovered the work of artist David Leffel who was teaching at the Art Students League in New York City. For the last seven years Don has taken annual painting workshops from Leffel at the Scottsdale Artist's School in Scottsdale, Arizona and the Fechin Art Workshops in Taos, New Mexico. During this time he has also studied under such notable artists as John Michael Carter, Timothy Theis, and Madison Cawein. In earlier years Don studied at the old Louisville School of Art in Anchorage, Ky. and took numerous classes at the Louisville Visual Art Association under Lou Ann Iler.
Don paints in the classical Chiaroscuro style, which uses shadowing to magnify the dramatic quality of light. His art reveals a world of muted, harmonious color with emphasis on the quiet beauty of light itself. He specializes in still lifes, portraits, and occasionally figures.
Don paints for the love of painting and has only recently begun to exhibit and sell his work. He submitted paintings to two juried shows, both of which were accepted. These were the annual Art on Main Street in Shelbyville, Ky., and the annual Art Nudes Show in Lexington, Ky.
Don received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Engineering in the 60's from the University of Louisville. Upon graduation, he went to work for Dupont in Wilmington, Delaware doing Research and Development. After a few years, he transferred to a Dupont facility in his hometown Louisville.
At about this time Don invented a game, named Visage, which was based on identifying the face of a famous person hidden in a puzzle. This game was syndicated in newspapers in the U. S. and Canada and at its peak appeared as a weekly feature in over 150 newspapers. Don did all of the artwork and graphics for the game personally, and in so doing developed skills he now uses in portrait and figure painting.
In 1984 Don developed his most successful invention, a product named HI-FLOAT, which is a coating used in helium-filled latex balloons to increase float life. This patented product is manufactured at his family business in Middletown, Kentucky and is currently sold all over the world. Don took early retirement from Dupont shortly after this product went to market.
Don now spends most of his time doing what he loves most…painting. His favorite subjects are his grandchildren.