Donald Darst was born in Kentucky and grew up in Louisville and its rural suburbs. He served in the Air Force as a Russian Interpreter. His career after military service was in technology, training and consulting. Don has a BA in Behavioral Science and an MS in Adult Learning with doctoral studies in team dynamics and educational leadership.
He now lives in Grey Forest, Texas with his wife, Linda. He served two terms as Mayor of the small city. They have three grown children, Matthew, Joshua, and Hanna, and three grandchildren, Will, Sarah and Fischer. Wrigley and Buster, their rescue dogs, are also part of the family.
Don enjoyed drawing from an early age. Drawing led to oil painting. His first paintings were still life subjects reflecting antique and Native American artifacts. He now paints a variety of work and is known for his subtle landscapes which have developed over time with a tonal peaceful quality inviting viewers to contribute their own feelings to the work. Don is inspired by the work of George Inness and the Hudson River School.
Don and Linda enjoy traveling. The countryside of America is the inspiration for his artistry. Don also teaches at his studio in Grey Forest across the creek from the Grey Moss Inn. He does workshops for various organizations in several locations.
Donald is a member of Oil Painters of America, Boerne Professional Artists, Grey Forest Open Studios, and Hill Country Council for the Arts. He is represented by Carriage House Gallery in Boerne, Fredericksburg Art Gallery in Fredericksburg, and the Old Milltown Depot and Gallery in Star Lake, Wisconsin.