Don Van Amerongen

I am inspired by what I see and read. Walking and nature has always been my place of comfort. The open sky, oceans, mountains and deserts connect to me as a whole. The events of human’s, politics, violence and environmental destruction inspire a need to respond to both the beautiful and the not so beautiful. I create digital prints with my orginal photos allowing me to explore many exciding ways of creating my work


These current works are the accumulation of my personal art history. I began as designer but was drawn to large format photography. I moved to San Francisco

to study with Ansel Adams, Judith Golden and Richard Misrach. After creating and showing B&W photography I diverted to study painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and was influenced by Robert Colescott and others. Color soon overtook my paintings in a expressionist style. Living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico further increased my joy in color and traveling to Asia for extended periods of time had me returning to photography. As a painter I wanted more from the straight photos. I began working color into the photos by the computer. Over the years I have brought in more color into the work.



Select Exhibitions


Christie Marks Gallery Santa Rosa, CA 2016


Graton Gallery Graton, CA 2015


Gallery Route One Point Reyes CA 2015


O'Hanlon For The Arts, Mill Valley CA 2014


Riverfront Art Gallery Petaluma, CA 2014


Cinco Gallery San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2013


Victoria Story Gallery  Denver, CO. 2004


The Benefit Show  Santa Rosa Museum  2003


Kunsthaus 22  San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 1997


Claudia Chapline Gallery Stinson Beach, CA. 1997


Marin County Fair Marin County, CA. 1997


Claudia Chapline Gallery Stinson Beach, CA. 1995


Canard Fine Art Napa, CA. 1994


Gango Gallery Portland, OR. 1994


Press House Gallery Sonoma, CA. 1993


Claudia Chapline Gallery Stinson Beach, CA. 1993


Gango Gallery Portland, OR. 1993


Fine Art Gallery Santa Rosa, CA. 1992


Claudia Chapline Gallery Stinson Beach, CA. 1992


Bridge Gallery San Francisco, CA. 1991


Rodney Strong Windsor, CA. 1991


Axis Gallery San Francisco, CA. 1991


Q Gallery Santa Rosa,CA. 1990


Falkirk Cultural Center San Rafael, CA. 1989


1078 Gallery Chico State University, CA. 1989


Sonoma Hills Gallery Petaluma, CA. 1988


Artist Gallery Inverness, CA. 1988


Wilshire Ebell Art Salon Los Angeles, CA. 1987


The Mill Gallery Petaluma, CA.1987


Falkirk Cultural Center San Rafael, CA. 1986


Diego Rivera Gallery San Francisco, CA. 1986


Golden Rose Gallery Boulder, CO. 1984


Southern Exposure Gallery San Francisco, CA. 1983


Intersection Gallery San Francisco, CA. 1982


Cameravision Gallery Los Angeles, CA. 1981


The Darkroom Gallery Denver, CO. 1981



Marin County Fair Best in Division 1997


Sonoma County Community Foundation Fellowship 1991


Marin County Fair Best of Show 1990


California Arts Council Grant 1987


Sobel Scholarship 1986





San Francisco Art Institute BFA painting 1984-1986


Santa Rosa Junior College Drawing 1984-1985


Sonoma State University Painting and Print Making 1983-1984


Kendall School of Design BFA Graphic Design 1969-1971


Ansel Adams Workshops 1979-1980



Select Collections


Natural Resource Group Petaluma CA.


Kunsthaus 22 Gallery San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


Wells Fargo Bank Portland, OR.


Craddick, Candland and Conte Danville, CA.


City of Santa Rosa Santa Rosa, CA.


Private Collection South Korea


Private Collection, Minneapolis, MN.


Private Collection, Petaluma, CA.



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