Artist Biography of Don White
About the Artist Don White is an artist originally from central Ohio, now living in Florida. As a second-generation artist, Don has always had a passion for drawing and painting. His father was a commercial artist who took his talents to World War II where he drew maps for the United States Army. It is from these roots that Don grew into the artist that he is today. With his father pasting when Don was very young and taking only minimal instruction in art, he taught himself art using his father’s art school books. Upon completing college, Don used his talent and skills to become an Electrical Engineer. Throughout his professional career, he has had numerous technical drawings to his credit. It has only been in the past ten years that Don has begun seriously investing more time pursuing his love of oil painting. His portfolio contains a wide variety of realism subjects including scenic beach landscapes, couples on the beach, famous sports figures, ballerinas, couples dancing, a retro girls series, and numerous others. He also has done surreal painting of butterfly girls, grumpy old Italian chef, legendary characters and others.
Don likes to believe each of his paintings tells a story, one the viewer can recreate. Over the years he has learned to develop his own unique style of figure painting with light and dark contrasting shadows. He is highly influenced by the work of Caravaggio and others of the Baroque period. Don plans to further his art career by painting figurative works of art that express his unique style.
Don White Artist Statement
Oil painting can be forgiving at times to correct small issues, with that said it is less forgiving when applying a glaze over an already painted area. Patience must be learned to allow the already Painted area to be completely dry. As time has pasted, I have learned that it takes time to make a great piece of Art.
Inspired by the Baroque Style and painters like Caravaggio which highlights light and dark shadows on his subjects. I have chosen to use that style in all my paintings going forward.