Don Krauskopf was born in London and lived between London, Bayfield and St. Thomas most of his life. He travelled extensively throughout Western Canada and the United States working for engineering companies. He is a ductwork and piping designer and for the last 15 years he has worked in the electrical and urban forestry disciplines. Don’s passion is art and he is also an artisan of wood-turning, enjoying membership in the Thames Valley Wood Turners Guild. He has been a devoted participant in the New School of Colour since its start in 2011. He has made 120 paintings in that time, one of which was purchased by the late John Tamblyn.
Don has a profound interest in the history of Ontario, particularly the development of transportation networks. His style is at once whimsical and representational, exploring and rendering large architecture structures within natural settings – railway bridges, roads, harbours – and the pleasant aspects of history that happened on, at or near them. He experiments with different types of paint – in this piece the use of metallic paints with acrylic – and does an incredible amount of research into his subject matter, dealing with a convergence of the man-made with the natural.