Della Wells headshot

Della Wells Wells is a self-taught artist who began drawing and painting in earnest at the age of 42 and her creative process stems primarily from her personal experiences embellished through the art of storytelling into visual work. Wells’ work has been written about and has appeared in several publications including Betty-Carol Sellen and Cynthia J. Johanson’s book, ” Self Taught, Outsider and Folk Art, A Guide to American Artists, Locations and Resources”, 2000 and 2016 ed. and one of her images appears in a children’s book “The Classic Treasury of Childhood Wonders: Favorite Adventures, Stories, Poems and Songs For Making Lasting Memories”, published by National Geographic and written by Susan Magsamen. In 2010, ”Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly”, an award winning play written by Y York and inspired by her life, was selected to be read at the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C., for its New Visions, New Voices Festival. In 2011, the play commissioned by First Stage Children’s Theater debuted in Milwaukee. Since its debut, the play has been produced in Nashville, Tennessee and in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is published by Dramatic Publishing Company and is included in an analogy of Y York’s plays, “Don’ Tell Me I Can’t Fly: 10 Plays For Children and Families” published in 2016. Wells illustrated a children’s book “The Electric Train” by Nanci Mortimer. She has exhibited in a wide variety of galleries, museums and art festivals in the United States, Italy and British Columbia. Wells has been a featured artist at the Kentucky Festival of Arts as well as one of the featured artists in the opening of No Studios, an arts and entertainment hub in Milwaukee. Wells’ work is in over 100 private, corporate and museum collections including Saint Kate Hotel, Northwestern Mutual, Hurn Museum of Contemporary Folk Art, Milwaukee Bucks Fiserv Forum and The Wright Museum of Art. Wells is represented by the Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Main Street Gallery in Clayton, Georgia, Red Piano Too Art Gallery in St. Helena Island, South Carolina and Marcia Webber Art Objects in Montgomery, Alabama.