Don is a Scottish-born, Australian visual artist who moved to the United States in 2000. In 2020, he became a full-time resident at the SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery, in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he practices Soto Zen Buddhism, and is a student of Kyoun Sokuzan, a fully-transmitted Priest in the Soto Zen Buddhism Lineage.
After studying art in high school, Don began painting Chinese and Japanese scenes using house acrylic paints on boards when he was 17. His university studies in Australia include degrees from the Queensland University of Technology, and The University of Queensland, in Education and Music Composition and History. He did not start publicly showing his artistic works in the United States until 2018, where he was included in Jury-selected exhibitions in three galleries from 2018 through 2020 in Northern Virginia.
Don has traveled numerous times to Japan over the past 35 years, and has visited many Buddhist Temples and Monasteries in Australia and Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Yamagata.
His work is eclectic, and includes elemental art incorporating locally foraged materials, Asian acrylic paintings, avante-garde Steampunk creations.
His most recent works are abstract and calligraphy pieces utilizing hand-ground Sumi Ink, brushed on hand-made Japanese Nishinouchi-Nakaban and Kurotani-Washi paper.
"I work with natural materials on traditional hand-made paper, to create pieces that capture vibrant energy and spontaneity that jump out to challenge concepts and inspire imagination.”