Don Baker


born in Pomona, California Throughout his childhood he drew or created unusual and different art projects. Often he was in trouble with his teachers because he failed to follow their assignments in favor of doing them his way. After serving four years in the Air Force, he attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, studying illustration, fine and commercial art. In 1962, he moved to New York and began a long and successful career in commercial art.

Since 1964, he has perfected his technique, of rusting metal onto canvas which was inspired by discovering a buried wooden-board with a rusted license plate attached. Subjects have ranged from the old license plates found at his family’s ranch out west to discarded bridge parts and to a full sized VW Bug.