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Dustin Van Wechel
|In February 2002, Dustin Van Wechel left a successful eight-year career in the advertising industry to pursue his lifelong passion for fine art full-time.
Since then, he has earned numerous distinctions, including the 2020 Two-Dimensional Award of Excellence, 2018 People’s Choice Award, and 2015 Premier Platinum Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale; the Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award at the 2015 Masters of the American West; and the Wildlife Award and Teton Lodge Company Award at the 2006 Arts for the Parks competition. He has been featured in such leading art publications as Art of the West, The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Fine Art Connoisseur, Pastel Journal, Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector.
His work has been exhibited throughout the United States in one-man shows, major art exhibitions, and museums, including the Autry Museum of the American West, the Booth Museum, the Buffalo Bill Center for the West, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
In a recent article in Western Art Collector, Van Wechel says, “Painting wildlife not only provides a well of opportunity to communicate my personal experiences and perceptions of my subjects but also a window into understanding what moves me as an artist and who I am as a person.” He adds, “I choose to paint wildlife because this is what gets me most excited about painting. I find inspiration everywhere, but it’s in wildlife and landscapes where I am most driven to paint.”
He and his wife, Yvonne, currently reside in Colorado Springs.
Dustin Van Wechel is represented by the Broadmoor Galleries, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Trailside Galleries–online.