A Tribute to


Artist & Musician


My cousin Don sadly died in August 2010, aged 56, from alcoholism. He had an outstanding natural talent for drawing and painting – wildlife and birds in particular – and attended Middlesbrough Art College in the early 70s.

He was also a natural guitarist and played in various local bands in the 70s/80s. He also toured on cruise ships as a member of Wych Hazel with brother Ray, June Grant and Bob Skingle (who was also in the Teesside Fettlers).

Don was a big inspiration to me as a kid in the 70s. I was in awe of his paintings, the fact that he had been to art school and his playing of his electric guitar in his bedroom in Berwick Hills.

Craig Hornby



Don sadly never fulfilled his potential as an artist nor musician. When he died, his paintings were long sold and their whereabouts largely unknown. Through this website however, I have been able to acquire originals and photos of others. I would love to track down more of them and keep building this online exhibition in tribute to Don. If you have any please get in touch – there must be more out there!  Thank you, Craig Hornby

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