Born into a family steeped in the arts and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Berger was accepted to study at the prestigious School of the Art Institute there. He attended painting classes taught by Boris Anisfeld and Paul Wieghardt and pictorial composition and color theory taught by his uncle, Edgar Rupprecht. He also received training from Isabel McKinnon and Leroy Niemann.
Following service in the U.S. Military, Berger continued studies leading to a B.F.A. degree in Fine Arts and a teaching certificate in Art. He then worked for several years at a high-end retail store’s advertising department, Marshall Field & Co., then shifted to teaching art in Glencoe, a northern suburb of Chicago, for nine years. He was then exhibiting paintings at the Deerpath Art Gallery in Lake Forest where he lived, and established a reputation for his pen and ink studies of Chicago scenes selling in galleries there.
In 1968 the Berger family of five moved to Canada, to a ranch in the British Columbia interior, where he painted scenes of the Cariboo and Chilcotin. Here he began exhibinting at the Alex Fraser Gallery in Vancouver.
Don now lives in Kelowna, British Columbia and spends most of his time growing and photographing flower blossoms. The majority of his works are now oil paintings of his own flowers. His work is easily identified. He paints larger than life blossoms choosing this format to draw the viewer in and see details not visible on a smaller scale.
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June Pageant 48 x 48 x 1.5 in. Oil on canvas
Elena 48 x 48 x 1.5 in. Oil on canvas
Rhythm and Blues 48 x 60 in. Oil on canvas
Surprise- A Bowl of Beauty Peony 30 x 40 in. Oil on canvas
Quartet 48 x 48 in. Oil on canvas
Centering 36 x 36 in. Oil
A Different Light 36 x 36 in. Oil
Two Begonias 48 x 36 x 1.5 in. Oil on canvas
Caldera 36 x 48 x 1.5 in. Oil on canvas
Gemini 36 x 48 in. Oil on canvas
Spring Welcome 18 x 24 in. Oil on canvas
Alegria 22 x 30 in. Oil on canvas
Saffron Robes, Hibiscus 36 x 48 in. Oil on canvas
Evensong 36 x 48 in. Oil on canvas
Day Lily 30 x 40 in. Oil on canvas
Spiral of Fire (Diptych of red-orange gladiola) 72 x 48 in. Oil on canvas
Bearers of the Light 72 x 48 in. Oil on canvas
The Fire Within III 24 x 30 in. Oil on canvas
Jubilation 48 x 60 x 1.5 in. Acrylic on canvas
White Gladiolas 46 x 35 x 1.5 in. Acrylic on canvas
White Begonia Trio 46 x 37 x 1.5 in. Acrylic on canvas
White Rose Grouping 46 x 36 in. Acrylic on canvas
White Begonia Duet 46 x 35 in. Acrylic on canvas
In a Zen Garden II 36 x 48 in. Oil on canvas
Christmas Zinnia 20 x 24 in. Oil on canvas
The Chairman 48 x 60 in. Oil on canvas
Sunburst yellow orange zinnia 24 x 24 in. Oil on canvas