Born in Northern California on January 6, 1948 and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Donald Riggs began his artistic career as a designer / sculptor of custom jewelry. Operating his own jewelry store in Sausalito for 14 years, Don created custom pieces for domestic and international clients. Working with precious metals and gem stones, his designs reflected the graceful geometry unique to his style.
In 1988, Don entered a new creative phase when he began sculpting in stone. This transition in medium and size inspired a series of freeform and wildlife abstracts. In 1990, using the lessons learned in stone, Don again returned to working with metals and released his first bronze collection presenting eight designs in 50 piece editions. The constant experimentation with a wide array of subject matter has lent itself to Don's ability to translate his style into every one of his creations. The natural evolution into a career of painting, has pushed him creatively, while continuing to apply the techniques and images from freeform to wildlife with an art deco influence. The designs exhibit the flowing lines and timeless grace of a true master. Inspired by architecture, he blends the abstract influences with bright colors that capture the imagination; Don is able to create pieces that are truely one of a kind.
Don's success is through art shows and private commissions. In his sculpting career, his works have been exhibited in galleries throughout the West Coast, and have received numerous awards and recognition.