Don is a Scottish-born Australian visual artist who moved to the United States in 2000, and has lived in Virginia since 2006. He began painting Chinese and Japanese scenes using house acrylic paints on boards when he was 17.
Many moons later, his home, nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River, provides both solace and inspiration for his work, which includes abstract elemental art incorporating locally foraged materials, Asian acrylic paintings, avante-garde Steampunk creations, and traditional sumi-ink Japanese Kanji Calligraphy.
Don has traveled numerous times to Japan over the past 35 years, and has spent time living and studying in Buddhist Monasteries in Osaka, Kyoto, Nagasaki, and Yamagata.
Don practices Soto Zen Buddhism, and is a student of Kyoun Sokuzan, abbot of the SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery, in Battle Creek, MI.