D.Yates

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D. Yates is a native of Colorado Springs, a Colorado and former tattoo artist who has owned and operated studios throughout the United States. Daniel majored in art while attending Walla Walla community College in Washington and Oklahoma State University. He was a member of the Northeastern Oklahoma Art Association, and his primary focus is on automotive, motorcycles, and southwestern pieces. In addition to his extensive experience in oil painting, he recently added airbrushing with acrylic and has expanded into other types of illustrations.


Over the years he has won many awards, but is most proud of the “Special Award” he received at the Washington State Fair. His art has been displayed at the Northeastern Art Association, Southeastern Washington Fair, Washington Pioneer Days Fair, Inside Out Gallery in Walla Walla, Washington, Dream Maker Gallery in Colorado Springs, the Colorado State Fair and many small shops throughout Colorado and Washington.

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Green Sea Turtle $350
16x20 Stretched Canvas
Hawksbill Turtle $350
16x20 Stretched Canvas
Hot Rod Diner $400
14x18 Canvasboard
Shared Brushstrokes $400
16x20 Masonite Panel
Sidewalk Street Artist $325
18x24 Stretched Canvas
Liquid Sunshine $280
18x24 Stretched Canvas
Lady With a Red Hat $280
16x20 Masonite Panel
Godzilla $325
16x20 Masonite Panel
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Available Work

Weekend at the Drive-In $600
18” x 24” Double Panel Painting
Painted on Double Thick Masonite using Golden Acrylics
December 2018
**Sold as a set**
When I saw this photo of the drive-in restaurant and knowing how much diners have been a place to show your bikes or cars in the past, I added bikes & babes and moved a few buildings around to create a more suitable background, sort of like the local hangout.
Weekend at the Drive-In $600
18” x 24” Double Panel Painting
Painted on Double Thick Masonite using Golden Acrylics
December 2018
**Sold as a set**
When I saw this photo of the drive-in restaurant and knowing how much diners have been a place to show your bikes or cars in the past, I added bikes & babes and moved a few buildings around to create a more suitable background, sort of like the local hangout.
Mountain Lake $550
16”x 20” Stretched Canvas
Painted with Golden and Old Holland Masters Acrylics
Completed April 2019
Mountain Stream $550
16” x 20” Stretched Canvas
Painted with Golden and Old Holland Masters Acrylics
Completed April 2019
Christmas Cottage $500
12” x 16” Canvas Panel
Painted with Golden Acrylics
Completed December 2018
Show Chrome $550
16” x 20” Stretched Canvas
Painted with Golden and Old Holland Masters Acrylics
Completed April 2019
Beautiful Death $525
12” x 16” Canvas Panel
Painted with Golden Acrylics
Completed November 2018
Music of the Eyes $500
16” x 20” Stretched Canvas
Painted with Golden and Old Holland Masters Acrylics
Completed April 2019
Lighthouse Dreams $500
8” x 10” Canvas Panel
Painted with Golden Acrylics
Completed December 2018
Christmas Surprise $400
9” x 12” Strathmore Acrylic Paper
13” 16” Matted
Painted with Golden Acrylics
Completed December 2018
1921 Harley Davidson $550
16” x 20” Stretched Canvas
Painted with Golden and Old Holland Masters Acrylics
April 2019
I came across a picture of an Old Harley engine, and since I had just finished an old Indian motor, I decided to do this one as well. I really enjoy painting the old engines because they have all the lines and tubing and gizmos in plain sight that make them run. With newer engines, everything is clean and tucked away. Sure, they are a lot more work, but sometimes you just have to paint something you love.
1919 Indian $550
16” x 20” Stretched Canvas
Painted with Golden and Old Holland Masters Acrylics
March 2019
I found this photo of an Indian PowerPlus engine and decided to paint it, along with a series of Harley engines I have been working on. I usually associate Indian bikes with a Red theme, but since the others were in Orange I decided to do the same. I really enjoyed this engine because of the chain and all of the wires and tubing that was on the motor.
Swanson Thrush $500
16” x 20” Stretched Canvas
Painted with Golden and Old Holland Masters Acrylics
March 2019
While looking for reference photos for my bird series, I found a clip of this Swanson Thrush. I had no idea what bird it was, but I have a friend who is a bird lover, and he immediately identified it for me. I mainly liked the pose – even though it’s actually a small bird, he was posed like a Great Eagle. I put him on the grey background and solitary branch to focus attention to him.
Red-Tailed Hawk $500
16” x 20” Stretched Canvas
Painted with Golden and Old Holland Masters Acrylics
March 2019
I came across this photo of a hawk and since I had just completed several other bird paintings, I decided to try this one to match another bird. I really like the deep eyes of this bird, along with the sharp bill – when you combine them with his four sharp talons on each foot, you know he’s a bird to be reckoned with! These birds stand almost two feet tall and have up to a four-foot wingspan.
Dunster Castle $400
12” x 16” Canvas Panel
Painted with Golden and Old Holland Masters Acrylics
March 2019
Dunster Castle, built by the Norman Baron de Mohun four years after William the Bastard conquered England, dominates a village whose delightful features include the seventeenth-century yarn market, seen here in the foreground. I really enjoyed painting the roofs and all of the village; I could see myself walking around the streets exploring window displays. This was a painting I did just for enjoyment.
Carolina Wren $475
16” x 20” Stretched Canvas
Painted with Golden and Old Holland Masters Acrylics
April 2019
I found this photo of a Carolina Wren during the research for my bird series – I thought, wow that is a cool photo, so I started to paint it. I was so impressed by the bird feeder made from a cup and saucer, chains, and a spoon. The chain was attached to the saucer by three book clips, and I just thought how simple and neat it was at the same time.
The Heart $450
16” x 20” Stretched Canvas
Painted with Golden and Old Holland Masters Acrylics
March 2019
A long time ago I did a series of heart paintings - although most were of a bloody vampire type, I decided to do this one a bit differently. The cord plugged into the heart reminded me of the time when everything was plugged into outlets, or as in this case, a coiled electric guitar cord. The heart is giving off energy, or maybe the cord is providing energy – who knows!
Symbol of Love $425
8” x 10” Canvas Panel
Painted with Golden Acrylics
Completed December 2018
The Gate $400
12” x 16” Canvas Panel
Painted with Golden and Old Holland Masters Acrylics
March 2019
I have been teaching several guys how to paint - they already had a few skills, but I am trying to encourage them to paint new things. We picked this photo of a tree and gate; really, you cannot see the gate, but all things lead the viewer’s eye to the gate. Three of us painted this same painting, and all three were slightly different, so it helps illustrate how we all view art differently.
The Chase $400
16” x 20” Canvas on Fiberboard
Painted with Golden and Old Holland Masters Acrylics
February 2019
I have been teaching several guys how to paint - they already had a few skills, but I am trying to encourage them to paint new things. I picked this photo of a ship to try to encourage them to paint different things. The ship had so many elements to it, such as the sky and clouds, and the motion of the water, and of course the ship itself.
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