Don Scott Macdonald



Solo shows
2018 TBA

The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco has purchased
a number of prints & paintings for its residencies

Winner, Pacific Coast Competition
New American Paintings

Select works now available at
these remarkable galleries

Renjeau Galleries

Mirada Fine Art Gallery

John McEvoy Fine Art Gallery
San Francisco

Aberson Exhibits Gallery

Kathryn Markel Fine Art Gallery
New York City

SFMOMA Artists Gallery
San Francisco

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The paintings are composed from an accumulation of observations and dreams. Rather than recreating details of a static landscape on canvas, I attempt to distill its essence, believing that simplicity is elegant and powerful in our increasingly complex and distractive world. The paintings explore the juxtapositions of stillness with movement, of representation with abstraction, and of the earth with the ether. I feel an affinity with the metaphysical content in paintings by Bierstadt, Richter, Frankenthaler and Rothko. Like these champions, I aim to create spaciousness that extends beyond the limits of the canvas. Overall, I hope my paintings convey something about who we are and what we feel — a balance of mystery and beauty, darkness and hope.


Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Hotel Jerome Auberge Resorts, Aspen, CO
Bank of Marin, Sonoma, CA
American Automobile Association (AAA), new corporate headquarters, Walnut Creek, CA
Aparna Architects, Singapore
Halperin & Christ Architects, San Anselmo, CA
First Interstate Bank Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
High Plains Wind Energy, Spearfish, ID
I.R.S. Records, Los Angeles, CA
Progressive Properties, Los Angeles, CA


Martin and Angela Wentzlik, Germany
David Hockney, Carrie Fisher, Davey Johnstone (Elton John band), Chrissie Hynde


2014 ‘The Passing Landscape‘ Mirada Gallery, Denver, CO
2012 Foundry Corporate Gallery, 500 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA
2011 St Supéry, Contemporary Art Gallery, St. Helena, CA
2010 ‘Peripheral Vision‘ Lobby Gallery, 201 California Street, SF, CA
2009 St Supéry, Contemporary Art Gallery, Napa, CA
2009 ‘Past/Present’ Palette Art Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
2008 ‘Peripheral Vision’ 455 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
2008 Gary Farrell Winery, Healdsburg, CA
2007 The Stanford Faculty Club, Stanford, CA
2006 M.Gabriel Gallery, Sonoma, CA
2005 Gallery at the Geary, Union Square, San Francisco, CA
2005 ‘Passing Through’ Wildwood Gallery, St. Petersburg, Florida
2004 Ross Valley Gallery, San Anselmo, CA
1982 ‘Road Trips’ LA Eyeworks, Los Angeles, CA
1982 First Interstate Bank, Los Angeles, California


2014 Ice House Gallery, Petaluma, CA
2012 ‘Illusion of Life‘ Kathryn Markel Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Boston Art, Boston, MA
2008 Palette Art Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
2007 dba256 Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2007 Arches Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
2006 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006 Cohen-Rese Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005 Benefit, Giant Steps, Rohnert Park, CA
2005 Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, San Anselmo, CA
2005 ‘An Artist’s View’, Petaluma Museum, Petaluma, CA
2004 Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, San Anselmo, CA
2004 Marin Art Exhibition, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA
1983 ‘Four New Directions’, Strategic Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1983 Los Angeles International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA
1982 “The New Landscape” First Interstate Bank, Los Angeles, CA
1980 Bell Memorial Union Gallery, California State University, Chico, CA
1980 BFA Art Exhibition, Best of Show: Painting, California State University, Chico, CA


The Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA
California State University, Chico, CA

Born 1955 San Francisco
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