Originally from rural Perthshire, Donald studied Drawing & Painting at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) where he is now the Programme Director for Art Space Nature.
He is recognised as one of the leading Scottish artists of his generation, whose profound and thought-provoking work has been shown both nationally and internationally.
Working with traditional media, film and installation, his work explores psychological aspects of landscape.
He has an extensive public art practice for which he has been awarded numerous prestigious residencies and commissions, and has been an elected member of the Royal Scottish Academy since 2008.
Donald has worked on a large number of major public projects, including the collaborative project An Turas on Tiree, which was awarded the RIAS Best Building in Scotland award and was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling prize.
His six ventilation towers above the extension to Eden Court Theatre in Inverness represent the largest public art project in the Highlands of Scotland.
He has completed a permanent work for the collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Recurring Line : North/South, using 50,000 snowdrop plants.
In recent years, his practice has specialised in the creation of therapeutic healthcare environments and architecture, including The Sanctuary at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, which was awarded the Best Building for Public Use at the Scottish Design Awards.
He is currently developing a major, permanent, public artwork for the historic harbour town of Dunbar.