CURRICULUM VITAE

Artist Bio

Day Creek artist Don Wesley has been inspired by nature since his arrival to Washington State in 1989, while serving in the Army at Fort Lewis. Wesley graduated from Western Washington University in 1995 with portfolios in painting, illustration, and graphic design. While at Western, he studied painting from Ed Bereal. Inspired by nature on a variety of levels, Don is known for his technique of imbuing birds with human qualities enabling viewers to also connect with nature on a deeper level. His full-time practice is focused on collector relationships and expanding the quality and awareness of his oeuvre.

Select solo exhibitions

2019 - Birds Like Us at Sno-Isle Library in Edmonds, WA.

2018 - Eternal Counting at Art Not Terminal in Seattle, WA.

2008 - Year Five: Memorial for our Fallen at Wesley Art Gallery in Bremerton, WA.

2007 - Aviamericanos at Wesley Art Gallery in Bremerton, WA.

2007 - Year Four: Memorial for our Fallen at Wesley Art Gallery in Bremerton, WA.

2006 - The Birds of Point Heron at Northwest Design Center in Poulsbo, WA.

2006 - Year Three: Memorial for our Fallen at Max Hale Center in Bremerton, WA.

2005 - Year Two: Memorial for our Fallen at Max Hale Center in Bremerton, WA.

2005 - Memorial for our Fallen at Amy Burnett Gallery in Bremerton, WA.

2003 - Portraits of Birds at Bremerton Public Library in Bremerton, WA.

2002 - Starlings: Explorers and Conquistadors at Amy Burnett Gallery in Bremerton, WA.

2001 - Birds of Bremerton at Amy Burnett Gallery in Bremerton, WA.

1999 - Portraits of Birds at Camas in Everett, WA.

1997 - Thick Ink at Gordito's in Seattle, WA.

1996 - Adidas Babies at Gordito's in Seattle, WA.

Select group exhibitions

2020 - 20/20 Vision at Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, WA.

2020 - Bird's Eye View at Smith and Vallee Gallery in Edison, WA.

2019 - Summer Show for Shunpike's Storefronts in Seattle, WA.

2019 - Spring Juried Show at Jansen Art Center in Lynden, WA.

2019 - Walk on the Wild Side at Hadrian Stone Design Gallery in Edison, WA.

2018 - Folk Life Festival: Personal Identity at A/NT Gallery in Seattle, WA.

2017 - Make America Create Again at Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, WA.

2008 - The CVG Juried Show at Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton, WA.

2007 - The Art of Flight at Arts Council Gallery in Everett, WA.

2007 - Bainbridge Island Art Expo at Gadbois Farmhouse in Bainbridge Island, WA.

2006 - 5th Annual Community Show at Metropolis Gallery in Bremerton, WA.

2004 - 3rd Annual Community Show at Metropolis Gallery in Bremerton, WA.

2003 - 2nd Annual Community Show at Metropolis Gallery in Bremerton, WA.

1995 - 4th Annual Trapeze Awards at Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, WA.

1993 - In Our Own Image at Viking Union Gallery in Bellingham, WA.

1993 - 4th Annual Art in a Pickle Barn in Mount Vernon, WA.

Public collections

2010 - Banners on Pacific for Bremerton 1% for the Arts in Bremerton, WA.

2008 - Veterans Outreach Center in Tacoma, WA.

2006 - Olympic College in Bremerton, WA.

2005 - County Courthouse for Kitsap County 1% for the Arts in Port Orchard, WA.

Community involvement

2019 & 2020 - Contributing artist to Manos Unidas Fiesta for the Children in Seattle, WA.

2018 - Co-curator for the 2018 Bumbershoot ANT Gallery Juried Show in Seattle, WA.

2017-2018 - Board member at ANT Gallery in Seattle, WA.

2016-2017 - Associate for ArtsFund in Seattle, WA.

2005-2006 - Advisor for Bremerton H.S. Art Department in Bremerton, WA.

2005-2006 - Chairperson for City of Bremerton Arts Commission.

2000-2001 - Advisor for Foster H.S. Art & Communication Department in Tukwila, WA.

Active memberships

Skagit Artists in LaConner, WA.

Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, WA.

North Cascades Audubon Society in Bellingham, WA.

Vetpreneur Artists and Creatives

Articles

01/15/10 - Bremerton Banners Bring Local Flair to the Streets by Lynsi Burton, Bremerton Patriot.

04/26/08 - Wesley Counts Into the Quiet of Year 5 by Bill Mickelson, North Kitsap Herald.

08/08/07 - Wizened Art Ladies of Bremerton congregate at the Wesley by Kitsap Daily News.

07/24/07 - Wesley Art Gallery in Bremerton by Jean Boyle, Seattle PI.

06/23/07 - Counting the cost of conflict... and Counting by Bill Mickelson, Kitsap News Group.

01/13/07 - The New Faces of Art by Tracey Cooper, Bremerton Patriot.

09/30/06 - Contemporary NW Art at Wesley Gallery by Shaun Scott, Bremerton Patriot.

09/20/05 - Art Will Deck the Halls of Remodeled Courthouse by Travis Baker, Kitsap Sun.

10/28/03 - Canvas of Loss by Rachel Pritchett, Kitsap Sun.

Education

1995 - BA in Art from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.

2012 - Coursework in Human Centered Design at University of Washington in Seattle, WA.