In February 2002, Dustin Van Wechel left a successful eight-year career in the advertising industry to pursue his life-long passion for fine art full-time.
Since then he has earned numerous distinctions, including the Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award at the 2015 Masters of the American West, the 2020 Two-Dimensional Award of Excellence and the 2015 Premier Platinum Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, 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, 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.
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.