Don Oelze’s parents were from the United States but their Interests took them to different parts of the world. Don was born in New Zealand. At an early age he had a fascination with America and especially with the lifestyle of cowboys and Indians. He started drawing Indians at a very early age. By the time he was in school at age six or seven he was fixated. He remembers getting in trouble for drawing Indians and cowboys in class instead of paying attention to his New Zealand history teacher. When he was eight years old his parents moved back to the United States. He continued to draw and paint throughout high school and university. In 2004 after working in Tokyo for ten years, Don and his wife Utako moved to Montana where he studies the country and people that he loves to paint.
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