Project Description

Don Dane

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.

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