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Born in Port Hope, Ontario in 1938 to Ojibway parents, Don’s native heritage has created a unique genre of his own, with the use of explosive fluorescent colours that overwhelm the senses.
Don studied at the Ontario College of Art. He spent his working years as a graphic artist by day. When he wasn't busy coaching hockey, his free time was consumed with mixing media in both painting and sculpture.
Don's talent has taken him across the country displaying his pieces in a number of art shows and exhibits, including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. He has won many awards including the Mayor's Choice award at the 43rd juried art exhibition at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa in 2011.
“I try to create a spiritual connection with the person viewing my work. It’s not necessarily a religious thing, but I want to interpret my inner most emotions that live inside all of us. I’m compelled to express how I feel and present it in a bold manner. I think that makes for interesting art work …”