Born and raised in Hendersonville, North Carolina, Don Blackwell’s pen and ink images reflect his love of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the inhabitants. Don spent 23 years in the United States Air Force as an artist, and almost 30 years in Alaska. He and his wife, Phoebe, have returned to the mountains of North Carolina to pursue their love of art and teaching others how to do their own art.
A versatile artist, Don’s works are done in pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, airbrush, and colored pencil. He is also creating work in a unique form of expression called pyrography or burning an image into various mediums. His originals and prints are in three museums, the Ministry of Defense in Winnipeg, Canada and the Ministry of Defense in Moscow, Russia, the Pentagon and the National Guard Bureau.