Meet Don Hamilton, In Plein Sight 2016

Early Autumn for Plan Jeffco

Early Autumn at Lair o’ the Bear by Don Hamilton

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Don Hamilton, Castle Rock, Colorado



Pine Valley Evening by Don Hamilton

Pine Valley Evening by Don Hamilton

A Colorado native, Don Hamilton’s paintings evoke a strong emotion, the sense of “being there.”

As a young adult, Don studied privately with Joe Brand, a respected wildlife artist and instructor at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. During a 4-year period, he focused exclusively on paintings of wildlife; learning structure, anatomy and strong fundamentals in working with oils.


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Mount Falcon by Moonlight by Don Hamilton

Don’s desire to work from life and to vary his subject matter led him to branch out into other areas and most importantly, to begin painting outside, “en plein air.” The exhilaration of standing face to face with the subject, challenged by the changing light, unpredictable weather and the need to distill the scene down to its essence continue to be the motivation that drives him to venture out in all types of weather.

An award winning artist, Don has exhibited in a variety of galleries and art shows throughout the country including: The Small Works Great Wonders Show at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum-Oklahoma; American Miniatures Show, Settlers West Gallery-Tucson, Arizona; Masters in Miniature Invitational Show, Trailside Gallery-Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Western Masters Show- Great Falls, Montana and Couer d’Alene Idaho; Salon International-San Antonio, Texas; The Russell Auction at the CM Russell Museum-Great Falls, Montana; Mountain Oyster Club-Tucson, Arizona; The National Exhibition of The Oil Painters of America and The Colorado Governor’s Invitational Show at the Loveland Museum-Loveland, Colorado.

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Michelle Poolet

PLAN Jeffco Board Member. Michelle Poolet is a relative new-comer to PLAN Jeffco, but not to the world of volunteer work. She has been on the Board of PLAN Jeffco since 2008, and in that time has worked hard to ensure the success of various PJ conferences and events. She is part of the PLAN Jeffco web content subcommittee, and liaisons between the PLAN Jeffco Board and the Open Space Advisory Committee. Her “day job” is as President and Chief Enterprise Architect of Mount Vernon Data Systems, a BBB A+ accredited database consulting company. Michelle lives on Lookout Mountain, in unincorporated JeffCo, with her best pal, TessaRose the collie, with whom she enjoys daily trekking in the forests.

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