Donald John Catton came into this life at 10 pm ,on sept third, 1949 in St. Paul's Hospital , Vancouver,B.C., Canada. He was the first son of Captain George Coleman Catton, then a servingofficer In the Canadian Army and of Katherine Agnes Turnbull, of late a lieut. Nursing Sister in the Canadian Army Medical Corp .For his first 15 years he lived the itinerant life common to the offspring of military families with one notable posting in the German Ruhr valley and a subsequent journey to to the the Italian Peninsula retracing his fathers wartime experiences and there in rome, he walked through Bernini's Colonnade to first worship the constructs of the Italian Renaissance.
He achieved a B.A. from The University of British Columbia in 1972 and then recklessly launched his artistic career by attending The Emily Carr College of Art and Design in1976 ( now a university ), graduating in 1979 in painting. Until his 47th year he lived worked and exhibited in Vancouver,B.C., Canada . His most notable success being a one man show at the Surrey Art Gallery and has woks in their collection. In 1996 he removed to Montreal, P.Q., Canada and confined almost all his efforts into the art of figurative sculpture from a basis of clay modelling. His finest achievement in this phase of his development was a gilt tondo in low relief a traditional madonna and child now a consecrated devotional object in St Matthias Anglican Church , Westmount,P.Q.,Canada. He returned to Vancouver, B.C. in 2007 and continues to work in painting ,sculpture and drawing, often remarking to his friends, after the ancient tragedian," Let me not live if the muse departs me".