"My Painting shares a story using colour, movement and emotion. Landscapes are a moment of intensity that reveal the energy of our waterways, the haunting symmetry of our trees and the history within our rocks. I hear the music within these scenes as they tell their tales. I paint what I see and feel. I’m often called a story-teller with paint. It’s great fun hearing the individual stories as they emerge from each viewer".
Don trained as a singer/conductor at McGill University. As a professional conductor he co-founded the internationally recognized Music Theatre school at Sheridan College. He served as the Dean of Arts at Sheridan and then accepted the position of Executive Dean of Art and Business at George Brown College.
After retiring, he returned to painting the Canadian landscape with a focus on Ontario’s Northland and Quebec. He studied at the DVSA with Professor V. Jane Gordon and with renowned Canadian landscape artist, Gordon Harrison. His studios are in Burlington and Lac Ste. Marie in the Gatineau region.
Recent shows include: Toronto’s Distillery District, Cabbagetown Festival, One of a Kind-Toronto, Art Fest-Kingston, Art Expo-Toronto, New Art Festival-Ottawa, Art at the Distillery District and Burlington’s studio tour. He supports several art auctions each year.
Gallery shows include: STAX, The Tiger Group and Sketch 337 in Hamilton, the AGB and Gallery 2 in Burlington and Gallery 402 in Toronto. His landscapes are included in private collections in Ontario, B.C., Alberta, Quebec, the USA, and the Netherlands.
Rob Cowley, President, Consignor Fine Art, Toronto, has this to say about Don’s work. “His passion for his art form and life shines through his fantastic work.”
Artist Website – www.dongraves.org