In February of 2002, Dustin Van Wechel left a successful eight-year career in the advertising industry to pursue his lifelong passion—fine art—full-time.
Since then he has earned numerous distinctions, including the 2018 People’s Choice Award and the 2015 Premier Platinum Award at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center’s Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale; the Bob Kuhn Award for Wildlife 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 and his work have been featured in several leading art publications, including Art of the West, The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, The Pastel Journal, Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector.
His work has been exhibited throughout the United States in one-man shows and major art exhibitions hosted by museums such as the Autry, the Booth Museum, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
He currently resides with his wife, Yvonne, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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