Donald Resnick graduated from Hobart in 1949, receiving a B.A. with a concentration in sociology. He was a member of the Phi Phi Delta fraternity, played varsity baseball and golf, participated in intramural football and boxing, and served as the manager of the basketball team. After graduation, he briefly attended the Parsons School of Design in New York City, but left to work in public relations at NBC. He followed this by earning a B.S. degree magna cum laude in education at the State University of New York at Brockport in 1951. His graduate studies at Brooklyn College were interrupted by the Korean War for two years when he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. The war over, he began again in earnest to study art, first at the School of Visual Arts in New York, then in Salzburg, Austria from 1956-1957, where he studied painting under the prominent Austrian expressionist Oskar Kokoschka. He has painted professionally since 1958 and has been represented in dozens of museum collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, the Rose Art Museum, and others in New York, Toronto, Boston, and here at Houghton House. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, and more than 20 other publications.