Sentinels, oil on canvas, 36 x 60 in.

Don Scott Macdonald’s paintings are all about juxtapositions.“Somewhere between stillness and movement, earth and the ether” is where his work resides. Although his paintings appear as soft-focus landscapes, Don is far more interested in atmospheric renderings inspired by nature, that combine elements of minimalism, abstraction and traditional landscape painting. A San Francisco native living in Sonoma County, Don is surrounded by natural beauty from which he derives great inspiration.

“My paintings are composed from an accumulation of observations and dreams. Rather than recreating details of a static landscape on canvas, my work attempts to distill its essence. These paintings explore the juxtapositions of stillness with movement, representation with abstraction, and the earth with the ether. They convey a metaphor about who we are and what we feel — a balance of mystery and beauty, darkness and hope."

Holding degrees from California State University at Chico and Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, he is a highly-skilled, meticulous painter. Each of his canvases has between 15 and 30 extremely fine layers of oil paint. After many years, he discovered that a sable brush, most commonly used only for watercolors, was the best tool for achieving this result. There is a flawlessness to the surface of his paintings that is almost photographic.



1955            b. San Francisco, CA

Lives/works in Sonoma County, CA



1981-82       The Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA

1978-80       California State University, Chico, CA (BFA)



2017            Mirada Gallery, Denver, CO

2015            Foundry Corporate Gallery, 500 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA

2014            St Supéry, Contemporary Art Gallery, St. Helena, CA

                    201 California Street, SF, CA

2012            St Supéry, Contemporary Art Gallery, Napa, CA

2010            Palette Gallery, Healdsburg, CA

                    455 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

                    Gary Farrell Winery, Healdsburg, CA

2009            The Stanford Faculty Club, Stanford, CA

2008            Gallery at the Geary, Union Square, San Francisco, CA




2019            The Spring Show, Renjeau Gallery, Natick, MA

2018            Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston, MA

2014            Illusion of Life, Kathryn Markel Gallery, New York, NY

2013            Boston Art, Boston, MA

2012            San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010            DBA256 Gallery, Pasadena, CA

2008            Arches Gallery, Healdsburg, CA

                    CFA Gallery, San Anselmo, CA

2007            Cohen-Rese Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004            Exhibition Gallery, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA

1996            Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1995            Visual Underground, 801 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1992            Mendenhall Gallery, Pasadena, CA

1983            Los Angeles International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA

1980            BFA Art Exhibition, Best of Show: Painting, CA State University, Chico, CA



The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, CA

Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts, Aspen, CO

Bank of Marin, Sonoma, CA

Kaiser Permanente, Dublin, CA

American Automobile Association, Corporate Headquarters, Walnut Creek, CA

Aparna Architects, Singapore

Halperin & Christ Architects, San Anselmo, CA

High Plains Wind Energy, Spearfish, ID

I.R.S. Records, Los Angeles, CA



Nancy and William Murphy, San Francisco, CA

James and Karen Greenwood, Denver, CO

Martin and Angela Wentzlik, Nuremburg, Germany 

David Hockney, Normandy, France

Carrie Fisher Estate, Los Angeles, CA

Davey Johnstone, Los Angeles, CA

Chrissie Hynde, London, England