Don Dane has been drawing from an early age and has been expecially attracted to western and historical subjects. His art career began after visiting the Western Heritage & Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahomna 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. He now resides in Olathe, Kansas. Dane's original medium was primarily pencil. He has since branched off into watercolor and oil. He focuses mainly on western themed subjects but does not limit himself to just that subject. 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 expecially likes spending time on working cattle ranches. "I find the cattle ranches provide what I call a one stop shop of everything I look for in authenticity," says Dane.
Don Dane 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.
Dane currently works from his home and studio in Olathe, KS.