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.