Don is a Scottish-born Australian visual artist who moved to the United States in 2000. He is 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 of both the Soto Zen and Tibetan Kagyu Lineages of Buddhism.
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 Australia and Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Yamagata.