Elmi was born in Beloit, Wisconsin in 1930, and after his tour
of duty in the United States Navy he moved to Chicago
in 1954 to launch his career
in the art/advertising business.
served his apprenticeship at a top commercial art studio, where
he was able to work with some of the best artists
of his era. That
was his break to become an accomplished cartoonist and design
the early ‘60s, Don went on his
own and established a name for himself, freelancing for ad
agencies and art studios in this very competitive city.
is still available to bring his talent and experience to cartoons,
design illustrations and caricatures for advertising
Don has turned into quite a unique painter. His subject matter
is Chicago’s landmarks, such as the Water Tower, restaurants,
bars, stores, office buildings, homes and the city skyline.
is way beyond today’s technology. He no longer has email,
fax or cell phone. Now you can communicate with him by