Don Hamilton

Biography

A Colorado native now living in Arizona, Don Hamilton’s paintings evoke a strong emotion, the sense of “being there.” Don has traveled extensively throughout Colorado and the US, painting and sharing his personal vision that draws people to his work. “If someone can view my work and sense the cold, smell the dampness or feel the sun beating down, then I have been successful.”

From as early age, Don loved to draw. He would spend hours watching his grandfather, a master stone cutter, work at his craft. Later Don would bring his drawings to his grandfather to be critiqued. It was not until he was older that Don realized the lessons he was learning about design, layout and just plain hard work. He also recognizes the strong work ethic instilled in him by his father, who taught Don the importance of commitment to excellence.

As a young adult, Don Hamilton studied privately with Joe Brand, a respected wildlife artist and instructor at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. During a 4-year period, Don focused exclusively on paintings of wildlife, learning structure, anatomy and strong fundamentals in working with oils. Don’s desire to work from life and to vary his subject matter led him to branch out into other areas and most importantly, to begin painting outside, “en plein air.” The exhilaration of standing face to face with the subject, challenged by the changing light, unpredictable weather and the need to distill the scene down to its essence continue to be the motivation that drives him to venture out in all types of weather and to “capture the moment.”
Shows of Note Exhibited In
Small Works Great Wonders Winter Art Sale at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma-2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
The Russell: An Exhibition and Sale to Benefit the C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana-2007, 2010, 2014
Landscape Today invitational exhibition at the Harrison Center, Indianapolis, Indiana-2019
Masters in Miniature show at the CM Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana-2006 & 2007
Western Masters Art show and Sale, Great Falls Montana- 2013, 2014
American Miniatures Show at Settlers West Gallery, Tucson Arizona-2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Masters in Miniature Invitational Show at Trailside Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming-2014
Heart of the West Art Show and Auction, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho-2015
Colorado Governor’s Invitational Art Show and Sale at the Loveland Museum, Loveland, Colorado-2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Salon International Juried Exhibition at Greenhouse Gallery-San Antonio, Texas -2002 & 2011
Mountain Oyster Club Art Show, Tucson, Arizona-2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2016
National Juried Exhibition of the Oil Painters of America-2002 & 2003

Collections
Roger Simons, Board of Directors, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
Gordon Whitener, Board of Directors, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
Shelby Bush, Hillwood International Energy, Dallas, Texas
The Drake Company, Houston, Texas
Ellen G. Van der Horst, President& CEO, Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce
Henry and Kay Bedford, Board of Directors, CM Russell Museum, Great Falls Montana
John Dunlop III, Vice President, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney-Wichita, Kansas

Artwork to be Showcased