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Tie Down Study A

14" x 11" watercolor

Long Day with a Rope

14.5" x 18" watercolor

Heel Shot

14" x 20" watercolor

Cruising the Cheyenne

12" x 20" watercolor

Among Friends

12" x 18.5" watercolor

In the Corner

14" x 19.5" watercolor

Naming Peoa

14" x 20.5" watercolor


9.5" x 15.5" watercolor

Bridle Time

11.25" x 11" watercolor

Aqua Cow

18" x 17" watercolor

As a boy Don Weller drew horses and cowboys when he wasn’t exploring with his horse along the Palouse River or over the rolling hills that surrounded his childhood home near Pullman, Washington. He roped calves in high school and college rodeos and sold some cartoons to Western Horseman magazine. His passions were horses and art.

Graduating from Washington State University with a degree in Fine Art, he sold his horses and moved to Los Angeles where he spent decades doing graphic design and illustration. His work appeared on record covers, posters, in advertisements, and on hundreds of magazine pages. He did covers for Time Magazine, TV Guide, and illustrated stories in Sports Illustrated, Boys Life, Pro, Readers Digest and many others. He did posters for the Hollywood Bowl, The National Football League, The Rose Bowl, and the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He illustrated three children’s books and published a coffee table book about cutting horses, Pride in the Dust. He created five stamps for the United States Post Office.

Besides illustration and graphic design, he taught school part time, three years at UCLA, where he met his wife Cha Cha, and eleven years at the Art Center School in Pasadena.

Finally Don realized he had seen all the cement and palm trees he could stand. They moved to Utah, near the skiing at Park City. A book project for the NCHA introduced him to a neighbor who trained cutting horses. The west of his childhood came flooding back. It was still there, just as he’d left it. The cutting horse book project took him to Texas and Arizona, California, and Montana. He was in arenas and on ranches.

He began to wonder what it would be like to ride those cutting horses. He found out, and his adventures expanded to cutting contests, rodeos and ranch life.

Now Cha Cha and Don live in rural Oakley, Utah, with Buster the border collie, two cats, and five horses who are bred to cut. Don creates western paintings and rides the cutting horses. In the summers the menagerie grows to include cattle and
sometimes buffalo. In winter they ski.

Special Awards

2011 Bosque Conservatory: First Place Watercolor, Patron's Award
2011 American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum: Steel Dust Award
2011 American Plains Artists: Golden Spur Award (APA Member's Choice), Arrowhead Award (Director's Choice), Second Place (Overall) Award
2011 Western Artists of America: Artists’ Choice Award, Editor’s Choice Award, Third place watercolor
2011 Western Artists Association, National Western Art Show: Best of Show Water Media
2010 American Plains Artists: Exhibition Award
2010 Art of the Horse: Best of Show
2010 Bosque Conservatory: Second Place watercolor
2009 Bosque Conservatory: Jones Award Winner, Gold Medal watercolor
2009 Fur Feathers & Fins Art Show: Sponsor’s Awad
2009 Paint America: Second 100
2009 Paint America Top 50 Minis (Juror’s Award Winner)
2009 Summit County Historical Art: First Place watercolor, Judge’s Award
2009 Western Spirit Show: Best Watercolor
2008 Bosque Conservatory: Gold Award, New Comer Award, Patron’s Award
2008 Western Spirit Show: Best Watercolor
2007 Bountiful Davis Art Center: Best of Show
2007 Paint the Parks: Top 100
2007 Paint the Parks: Top 100 Mini
2007 Western Spirit Show: Best Watercolor

Bosque Conservatory, Clifton
Bountiful Davis Art Center, Bountiful, Utah
Cattlemen’s Western Art Show, Paso Robles
Cheyenne Frontier Days - Old West Museum, Cheyenne
C.M. Rusell Museum, Great Falls
Empire 100 Western Art Show and Sale, Tucson
Kimball Art Center, Park City
Mountain Oysters Show, Tucson
Pearce Museum, Corsicana, Texas
Peppertree Art Show, Santa Ynez
Settlers West, Tucson

Ranch & Riata Premier Issue 2011 Painting Cowboys, Don Weller (6pg.)
Western Art Collector December 2010 Art of the Cowboy
Art of the West Nov/Dec 2010 Color Magicians: Don Weller, Zhiwei Tu, Roy Anderson, Robert Johnson, Walt Gonske, Don Sahli, Aleksander Titovets
Art of the West May/June 2009 Watercolor: A Magical Medium. Joe Bohler, J. Mark Kohler, Wm Matthews, Sonya Terpening, Don Weller
Sedona Monthly March 2009 Open Portfolio: Don Weller (7pg)
Horses in Art Summer 2008 Unmistakable Watercolors of Don Weller (2pg)
Park City Magazine Summer 2008 The Prettiest Place (6pg)
Wildlife Art May/June 2007 Horses of a Different Color (4pg)
Performance Horse April 2007 The Road Home (8pg)
Southwest Art March 2007 On the Range. 6 Western Artists Celebrate An American Icon, The Working Cowboy
Western Horseman Aug 2005 Western Art Gallery (2pg)
P.C. Arts Winter/Spring 2004 A Real Life Sketch: Don Weller from Stamps to Stirrups (5pg)