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 moved to Grey Forest, Texas with his wife, Linda, a renown potter and rug hooker. 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 is his rescue dog, are also part of the family. Tragedy struck the Darst family in 2017 with the death of Linda from a long struggle with Renal Cancer.
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 enjoyrs traveling. The countryside of America is the inspiration for his artistry. He teaches art at his studio in Grey Forest just across the creek from the Grey Moss Inn and at the Benedictine Ministries Omega Center.
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.