Artist Statement:

"An artist should set the bar high so to achieve his or her full potential. Each one of my paintings became a stepping stone to the next level of personal satisfaction."


Don was born in St. Louis and raised in the beautiful Ozark hills of Missouri. He graduated from State Technical College of Missouri with an Associate degree in design drafting. He worked for Sprint 26 years and retired in 2002 as a telephone engineer. This is when he began his art career full time. Don moved to Kansas in 1982, where he currently works from his Olathe, KS home studio.

Dane has become an award‐winning artist with a realistic style of painting and drawing. His paintings reflect the tradition of the American West, and the rural way of life with a particular focus on cowboys, horses, and cattle. His watercolor, oil and pencil sketches are created from reference material gathered during trips to working cattle ranches.

Don Dane paintings have been featured on over two dozen cowboy gathering and western festival posters. He has participated in numerous invitational western art shows across the country. Western Art Collector, Southwest Art and Art of the West are some of the magazines that have featured Don’s work.