Donald Curran`s career as an artist never had any one defining point. Art has always been a focal part of his life. His drive to draw and paint always pushed him to pursue a career in art.
After graduating from high school, he studied at the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1975 Donald began a career as a successful illustrator. As an illustrator he is best known for designing and illustrating high end collectable steins for Anheuser- Busch, Inc. After twenty years of working for hundreds of major national and international companies, he decided to devote himself to his first love of fine art painting.
Donald now creates paintings of all the things he loves. He claims finding material to paint is as easy as keeping your eyes open. His travels around the world provide him the material that motivate him to paint. His home in Missouri will always be a major influence on his work. The change of seasons and beauty of the mid-west continue to keep him residing there.
Artists that are major influences in Donald`s work are the American Impressionists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among his favorites are Aldro Hibbard, Richard Miller, Donna Schuster, Frederick Frieseke and William Wendt.
Donald`s work has been exhibited in numerous museums, galleries and exhibitions. His paintings can be found in collections throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. He was commissioned to do three paintings for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
-SIGNATURE MEMBER, AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MARINE ARTISTS
-MASTER SIGNATURE MEMBER, NATIONAL OIL AND ACRYLIC PAINTERS` SOCIETY
-OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA
-ST. LOUIS ARTISTS` GUILD