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Don Dane is an award-winning artist, with a particular focus on "cowboys, horses, and cattle." His watercolor and pencil sketchesmade often on location, where he also photographs and researches his subjectsprovide studies for his oil paintings. Don Dane's images have been featured on many gathering posters, including those of Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Youth Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Saddle Up!, and Silver Dollar City's A Salute to the Great American Cowboy." Learn more about Don Dane below and view a few examples of Don Dane's art.

We're pleased to feature Don Dane's painting, "Great Day to be a Cowboy," as the Art Spur subject for the 2007 National Day of the Cowboy



watercolor 12x18
© 2007 Don Dane Studio
Reproduction is strictly prohibited without authorization from Don Dane Studio
"Great Day to be a Cowboy"
 

 

View a few examples of Don Dane's art below and visit his galleries at www.DonDaneStudio.com for more. The web site includes information about his original oils, watercolors, and pencil drawings. You'll find prints, originals, cards, and more.


 

 

         


View Don Dane's' galleries at www.DonDaneStudio.com.   The web site includes information about his original oils, watercolors, and pencil drawings. You'll find prints, originals, cards, and more. 

Below are just a few samples of his work:


 


oil 16x20
© 2007 Don Dane Studio
Reproduction is strictly prohibited without authorization from Don Dane Studio
"Searching for Strays" by Don Dane

 

Don Dane comments

During one of my many visits to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Youth Cowboy Poetry Gathering, I rode along on the annual cattle drive, which is part of this weekend event. I carry my camera with me everywhere I go and this was no exception. Two good friends and great cowboy poets, Jay Snider and Trey Allen were holding the herd on one end of the pasture when I snapped a picture of them. They were among a number of cowboy poets and music entertainers that joined the ride that day. I later painted this oil painting from that photo.

 


 


watercolor 12x18
© 2007 Don Dane Studio
Reproduction is strictly prohibited without authorization from Don Dane Studio
"Great Day to be a Cowboy" by Don Dane

 

Don Dane comments

One of the cowboys I had gotten acquainted with my first trip to the Pitchfork Ranch was Dick Sayers. Dick is kicked back on his horse trying to relax or maybe stretch a little while holding his end of the herd during the spring branding.

The cowboy must do his job in all kinds of weather, but when all the conditions are right there is no better place he would rather be then sitting high in the saddle with a good horse between his knees.

This painting was chosen as our Art Spur subject for the 2007 National Day of the Cowboy.

 


 


pencil 16x20
© 2007 Don Dane Studio
Reproduction is strictly prohibited without authorization from Don Dane Studio
"Minor Adjustments" by Don Dane

 

Don Dane comments

This pencil drawing is of my good friend Bill Ernest. Bill is a Kansas cowboy I go riding with occasionally. I have drawn Bill before in another piece titled "Taking Five." You know, good friends and good horses are a combination hard to beat. I thank the Lord for both.
 

"Minor Adjustments" inspired Jay Snider and you can read his resulting poem here.

 


 


watercolor 11x14
 © 2007 Don Dane Studio
Reproduction is strictly prohibited without authorization from Don Dane Studio

"
Burning Daylight" by Don Dane

 

Don Dane comments

This painting is actually of some Kansas Flint Hills cowboys from down around Winfield, Kansas. I think people tend to forget that a large part of Kansas is cattle country and it is still worked, to a smaller degree, on horseback.

"Burning Daylight" inspired Jay Snider and you can read his resulting poem here.

 


 


poster; original watercolor 22x30
© 2007 Don Dane Studio
Reproduction is strictly prohibited without authorization from Don Dane Studio
6th Annual Youth Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering poster (2007)
image:
"Helping Hand" by Don Dane

 

Don Dane's watercolor, "Helping Hand," was chosen at the 2007 poster for the 6th Annual Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Youth Cowboy Poetry Gathering.  His paintings have been chosen for each of the event's six official posters.

The stagecoach is at Cal Farley's Boys' Ranch, and was painted from photos Don took while there in 2006. The original painting will hang permanently at the Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Fine Arts building at the ranch, in Texas.

Don Dane's images have been featured on many other gatherings' posters, including those of Saddle Up! and Silver Dollar City's A Salute to the Great American Cowboy." View many of his gathering and event posters at the Posters Gallery at Don Dane's web site.

 


About Don Dane:

official biography


DON DANE
artist
“IMAGES of AMERICA’S WEST”

Cowboys, horses, cattle and anything western would all fit into the category of subjects you are more than likely to see in a Don Dane painting. On occasion, he paints subjects that are non-western, but not too often. Don does his sketches in both watercolor and pencil and these provide studies for his oil paintings. Much of his time is spent on locations such as ranches, where he photographs and researches his subjects. Most of Don’s work is created from photographs that he prefers taking himself. The reference photographs allow him to work at a comfortable pace in the comfort of his studio located in Olathe, Kansas.

Born in St. Louis and raised in Missouri, he likes being centrally located because it provides quick access to a broader art market on a national scale. Most of Don’s talent is natural and as far back as he can remember he could draw exceptionally well. He has continued to nurture this talent through continually exercising his drawing skills and studying the works of artists that he most admires. Art schools were not an option for Don growing up, so through pure determination and a passion for drawing and painting he continues to develop as an artist.

View Don Dane’s web site
www.DonDaneStudio.com


Don Dane Studio
P.O. Box 2578
Olathe, KS 66063

(913) 829-3422
dondane@sbcglobal.net


 

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