Donald MacLeod was born in Glasgow in 1956. He studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art for two years and left to join the Royal Highland Fusiliers. During the 1980's he travelled through Europe with the artist Peter Howson. After initially settling in England, he returned to Scotland initially as studio assistant to Peter Howson, before becoming a full-time artist in 1992.
Donald developed a keen eye for the basic truths in Scottish tales, poems and myths. His portraits give the observer and insight to the nature of the subject.
He has taken part in various mixed shows, including Flowers East, London, and was a regular at RGI Annual Exhibition in Glasgow. He has had various one man shows, including the Compass Gallery, Veneer, and Art Exposure, Glasgow. His work is widely regarded and can be found in many collections, both private and public, in Europe and North America.