Don was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1941. He grew up in Lincoln, NE and in 1959 entered the Universtiy of Nebraska as an art major. At the end of his sophmore year he was awarded a Max Beckmann Scholarship to study painting and sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. His year in New York was an unforgettable experience for a young art student who had never been in a city bigger than Omaha or further east than Iowa.
Don returned to Lincoln to finish his junior and senior years and received his BFA in painting in 1964. He received his MFA in 1966 from Tulane University for his MFA. After three years of college teaching in Louisiana and South Carolina, Don moved to San Francisco in 1969. He has lived in the San Francisco bay area ever since. He has had twenty-eight solo shows in galleries and museums including the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco, The San Jose Museum of Art, The Mecene Gallery in Tokyo, Japan and the Sheldon Art Museum in Lincoln, NE. His work is in numerous public and private collections including the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln.