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Ironstones, 80 High Street, Kirkcudbright
Glasgow School of Art
Met his futre wife Helen at Glasgow School of Art
Donald was an artistically gifted youth who came under the spell of Cecile Walton, and went to study at Hospitalfield under James Cowie. He went on to study at Edinburgh College of Art where he was a friend of, and was mentored by Sax Saw. Unfortunately, other interests got in the way of his studies, (notably what he would have described as the alehouse). He dropped out of his course and eventually became a fisherman at Kirkcudbright. He was an infamously unsuccessful fisherman but secured lucrative employment skippering a variety of vessels he owned, while contracted to provide safety services for the MOD range at Kirkcudbright.
This work gave him ample time to read and to paint while he spent long hours anchored in Kirkcudbright Bay on standby. He never gave up drawing and painting and until within a few months of his death remained productive. Little of his good work survives however as he had a life long tendency to paint over his pictures in an effort to improve them, frequently after a prolonged visit to "the alehouse". Sadly, there is now little surviving evidence of either his creativity, or his genius as a raconteur on a vast range of subjects.