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Don Spaulding was educated at the Art Students League where he studied with noted artists, Frank Dumond, Robert Beverly Hale and William McNulty. Subsequently, he studied privately with Norman Rockwell. Following a successful career as a commercial illustrator, he turned to painting Western Art in 1976. His paintings of the West were the subject of a one-man show in the West Point Museum in 1979, and he has exhibited annually in the Prix de West invitational since 1993.