Don Bishop is an impressionist painter living in Portland Oregon. He has been painting in the Northwest for many years, and enjoys painting the magical scenery and light that makes this such a beautiful area. Spring and summer months often find him painting outside in the plein air style, while the winter months bring mostly studio work. For Don painting is a continual growth process which usually involves creating several paintings at a time. He paints in both acrylic and oil.
Don Bishop’s roots in painting are influenced by the Early California Plein Air Impressionist style. Originally from Southern California, Don attended art school at California State University Long Beach, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Art.
Other painting influences include the tonalist style and the Hudson River School. Don especially enjoys the work of George Innes, Franz Bischoff, William Wendt, and Maurice Braun. As his work evolves, Don sees his paintings becoming a hybrid of the tonalist, impressionist, and Hudson River School influences. Don’s goal is to follow in the footsteps of the early masters, creating paintings that capture the qualities of light and color of the early impressionist movement.
As Don has evolved as an artist he has incorporated a modern sensibility and approach to both his landscapes and abstracts.