FAQs: Dane Wells
How old are you? Where are you from originally?
28 years old. Los Angeles, CA
What mediums do you use?
Typically Golden Heavy Body acrylic paints on professional level canvas (heavy weight cotton duck; archival quality; acid-free titanium acrylic gesso primed; 1.5” to 2.5" wood frame profile; professional frame construction with kiln-dried, beveled stretcher bars).
What do you see in/want to accomplish with your paintings? Why do you like to paint?
Painting is a practical meditation for me. I enjoy creating paintings for the art processes of abstraction and the mysterious/captivating resulting products, fine canvas paintings, which are joys to experience. I hope that my paintings positively affect people. People see many different things in the paintings, and that’s great. They serve as nice decorations, thought stimulators, and the basis for interesting conversations. I’d like to share my joy and love of painting with other people whom appreciate art, even if it was previously unbeknownst to them.
I make paintings that are lively, some that are tranquil, others that a single adjective cannot accurately describe. I make paintings with a focus on movement, depth of perception, color theory, and often playfully implement unique shape/line-work in addition to a variety of textures, depending on the piece. Moreover, abstract paintings can represent that which is seemingly inexplicable. Please let my paintings continue to do so, with unique twists. I’ll continually work to produce the highest quality paintings that I can so that I’m satisfied with the outcome and so others can enjoy the concepts in their prime form for years to come.
So, I hope to embed mysterious yet positive energies and original designs into my paintings while imploring creative processual techniques. Hopefully the paintings make people think, calm them down, make them happy, and continually inspire them even when my physical body leaves this Earth. The paintings are an extension of me, my thoughts/efforts, and my soul. I feel that we’re all connected, and hopefully these paintings can further facilitate that innate humane connection. Art is important, powerful, inspiring, educational, and therapeutic. Please let my paintings represent those qualities.
Where/how did you learn how to paint? I taught myself how to paint through practice and research.
How long have you been painting?
I’ve been painting since I was in elementary school, but only started sharing my works with the public and painting more seriously in 2016.
How long does it take you to finish a painting?
See my response to a similar question from my Interview with Jimon Magazine: “If I were to say, I’d just be guessing. I usually don’t count too closely the number of hours that I spend on each painting. Once I get in the zone, I don’t worry so much about time, so as long as my other life duties at the time are satisfactorily on-track. What’s more important to me is effectively carrying out the vision that I have for a given painting. That can take many hours or days, as my paintings aren’t complete until I believe so, and applying details is crucial but time-consuming.”
Do you do commissions? Can you make me a custom painting?
Typically I paint what I like/want to, but money and ideas talk. If you have an idea in mind which you think I’d be the best person to execute, please contact me using the form below.
Do you want to show your work at [insert gallery/venue]? I’m always looking for ways to get my art out to the public (more people) and collectors in particular! I offer domestic and international gallery exhibitions (solo and group) as well gallery consignment of paintings. Please contact me with inquiries using the form below.
Do you offer live-painting or other painting-related services?
Yes, I offer live painting (at concerts, festivals, businesses, exhibitions, etc.) as well as abstract painting tutorials, art critiques, and interviews.
If you have any questions, concerns, or would like additional information, please write directly to me by completing and submitting the form below. I appreciate your interest and will respond within a timely manner.