Don’s journey in photography began when he was ten years old, using a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera to make black-and-white family photographs. A Virginia native who grew up surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, he treasured the natural beauty of his home state and began using photography as a way to express his devotion to his beloved environment.
While serving as both photographer and editor of his college newspaper, Don broadened his experience and interest in photography. After graduation, he worked briefly for the federal government, photographing in several locations across the country. Returning to his hometown, he began a long career in public broadcasting while exhibiting his photographic work in numerous shows and competitions, earning several honors and awards. Later moving to North Carolina and then to Ohio, Don advanced his professional career while continuing to create and exhibit his original mixed media art, image transfers, and pigment prints.
Now, as he further develops his personal work, Don uses various tools to express his artistic vision, experimenting with other media that complement and enhance his photographic art. As an independent art curator, he is currently the director of Highline Coffee Art Space in Worthington, Ohio.
Artist's Statement Although I’ve done a variety of photographic work, for the last decade or so I’ve honed my vision to focus on the intricate beauty that the natural world offers. That’s what sparks my artistic passion. While I still appreciate the expansive vistas of landscapes, recently I’ve sought and taken a closer, more abstract view of nature.
In every season, nature’s splendor quietly waits to be found and made into an image. No matter the angle or composition, it’s nature that presents the art. I merely interpret it from a non-representational perspective. I'm currently experimenting with a variety of mixed media and alternative processes, but all of my work is rooted in the photographic image.
Whatever combination of mediums used, creating art is a lifelong journey of discovery. After viewing my work, I sincerely hope you will make discoveries of your own. The wonder is there to find and explore.