Don is a graduate of Montana State University with a degree in Art. He is also a Graduate Gemologist with certification from the Gemological Institute of America. He taught jewelry design and metalsmithing at the State University College of New York in Oneonta, New York for twelve years. He has been designing and creating jewelry for over forty years. His work has been exhibited in numerous juried national art exhibitions and is in the collections of the Smithsonian Institute’s Renwick Gallery and the CM Russell Museum.