DON WHITSON

 

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Biography

 

 

Art for me is more than paint, easel, and a brush.  It’s more than a career.  Art for me is a life choice. I have always been creative,  even as a young child, I don’t ever remember a time in my life where I didn’t want to be an artist.

My career has spanned well over four decades, first as an illustrator in the United States Air Force, then, a long career in corporate aerospace art departments.  Most recently in 2010, after twenty five years as Chief of Visual Services for the Department of the Army, I decided to leave my position so that I could pursue my lifelong dream of painting full time. Most recently, I have been juried into the 37th Annual Virginia Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition.

The transparency of watercolor totally delights me.  I love the way the colors move and blend in unexpected and pleasant surprises.  Watercolor paintings present a unique challenge because the results are both unpredictable and exciting.

Recently, I have been inspired by doing a series of paintings of women in a variety of locations and various themes. The uniqueness of each setting continues to challenge me each and every day to push my abilities further. I hope that my paintings will allow the viewer to be inspired and use their own imagination and to look deeper into the subject matter itself.

I am a member of the Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Co-Art Gallery, Reid Street Gallery, Crossroads Art Center, The Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, and the Virginia Watercolor Society.