Born in the 40's, Don Dahlke is the son of a feed and garden merchant. It became clear early on that Don's call was painting. His formal art training ended abruptly when the instructor suggested he "just go paint!" That he did.Focused on the Caribbean and Mexico, Don's early pieces can be classified as whimsical and naive, capturing the spirit of West Indian life. He also has experimented with abstracts in mixed media, revealing, perhaps, his more spiritual side. The appeal of the current architectural series lies in the allure of the coastal ambiance, sun, warmth, shadows and color. Among the details within each image are objects of significance to his life through the years...the stories of which we can only imagine.