‘The outstanding student of his year. He is unquestionably a man of great ability as an artist”
Ian Fleming, Principal of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen in the late 1950s.
1924 - Smith family moved from Shawbost to Newvalley, just outside Stornoway
1926 - Donald John Smith, second youngest of nine surviving children born
1942 - Leaves school with qualifications including Art
1944 - begins National Service - Army
1945-46 - India, Singapore.
1949 - 54 - Diploma and Post-Diploma, Grays School of Art, Aberdeen
1955 - Itinerant Teacher of Art, Lewis rural schools. Exhibitions in Aberdeen and Stornoway. Portraits of Mackie family and guests including James Robertson Justice
1958 - RSA Exhibition
1959 - Aberdeen Artists; Adelphi Group
1962 - Appointed Principal Teacher of Art, Summerhill School, Aberdeen.
1962 - SSA, Edinburgh
1964 - Exhibitions include RSA, Aberdeen Artists, and the Deeside Gallery.
1967 - RSA – work purchased by Nuffield Foundation
1972-2008 - Series of exhibitions including Morven Gallery, An Lanntair, Kingussie and others.
1989 - As an Fearann – Touring Exhibition – UK & Canada
2011 - Window to the West, Edinburgh City Art Centre