Don Dane has been drawing from an early age and has been especially attracted to western and
historical subjects. His art career began after visiting the Western Heritage & Cowboy Hall of Fame in
Oklahoma City, OK. It was there he saw first-hand original artwork created by the finest western artist in
America. It wasn’t until 2002 that Don decided to leave his corporate job behind and focus on being a
full time artist. Dane’s medium ranges from watercolor to oil. He focuses mainly on western themed
subjects but does not limit himself to just that. A self-taught artist, Dane uses reference photographs
and sketches taken on location. He may spend days at a time gathering his research material from
various locations and events. He especially likes spending time on working cattle ranches. “I find
the American cattle ranches provide what I call a one stop shop for everything I look for in authenticity
of the contemporary cowboy,” says Dane.
Don was one of four artists commissioned by the Kansas State Lotto Commission to create a painting
representative of the state’s 150th anniversary in 2011. The painting image was then printed onto the
Kansas State Lotto second chance scratch-off tickets. The original painting was part of the second
chance prize and was awarded to the winning ticket.