Don’s career as a full time artist began in 2002 after 26 years working his way from a corporate design draftsman to a telephone engineer. Don is an award winning artist whose work has been shown around the country in many western art shows. Favoring a realistic style of painting, he has become well known for his portrayal of the American West, both past and present. His primary medium is watercolor but he enjoys working in pencil and oil.
His artwork has been featured in Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, Western Horseman, Horses in Art, Art of the West and American Cowboy. It has also appeared on over two dozen different western, rodeo and cowboy music/poetry festival posters across the country.
Don’s awards include first and third place for watercolor soluble at the 2015 Windows to the West art show in Estes Park, CO. Southwest Art magazine, Publisher’s Award of Excellence at the 2010 American Plains art show. In addition to other awards received over the many years of doing art shows. In 2011 Don was commissioned by the Kansas State Lotto Commission to paint an original painting to be featured on the state lotto ticket as part of the Kansas 150 year anniversary of statehood.
“I have always had a fascination with detail, from the unique characteristics of an old man’s weathered face to the reflective images within the eye of a horse. All are equally intriguing and when combined with strong light and good color value can pull in the viewer.” --- Don Dane