The Blackfeet Heritage Center & Art Gallery presents
Don Charbonneau, Native American Artist
Don was drawn to art at a young age by his uncle, Don Hyde. They would draw pencil sketches from a comic book, color with watercolors, and ink the outlines in.
He sold his first oil painting at the age of 15, but felt at odds with the standard art curriculum in high school. Instead of following a program he felt disconnected to, he chose to study visual communication and commercial art off campus.
Even though Don loved the world of art; he soon became discouraged and frustrated, leaving it to become a sign painter.
He was taken under the wing of master craftsman Ed Wall, who's been in the industry since 1932.
For the last 28 years Don has honed the techniques past on to him by Ed and many other artists. Developing his skills to become a highly recognized sign painter, commercial artist and pinstriper. His work until has been seen on various signs, buildings, vehicles and watercraft throughout the West Coast. Including Alaska, Montana, Alabama, and as far away as Japan.
Don is now returning to his first love. Working not only in the more traditional medium of watercolor; he is also combining the techniques and materials from the sign industry to produce original works of art in 1 Shot lettering enamel and Spraylat.
Mr. Charbonneau can be reached through the
Blackfeet Heritage Center & Art Gallery