Don is a Scottish-born Australian visual artist who moved to the United States in 2000, and lives at the SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery, in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he is a full-time practice resident. Don practices Soto Zen Buddhism, and is a student of Kyoun Sokuzan.
Don began painting Chinese and Japanese scenes using house acrylic paints on boards when he was 17. His work is eclectic, and includes abstract elemental art incorporating locally foraged materials, Asian acrylic paintings, avante-garde Steampunk creations, and traditional hand-ground, Sumi Ink Kanji Calligraphy. He sources hand-made Nishinouchi Nakaban and Kurotani-Washi paper directly from Japan.
Don has traveled numerous times to Japan over the past 35 years, and has visited many Buddhist Temples and Monasteries in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Yamagata.
Each of his latest works, his Mukei Collection, is a study in meditation, where Don blends his spiritual practice with his artistic expression, producing unique works that vibrate with energy.