Artists of La Crosse: Dayne Stevens

Artists of La Crosse, WI: This is a series dedicated to local artists of the La Crosse area.

The purpose of this project is to bring awareness to the art community, what artists stand for, their purpose, their mediums, about the artist them-self and most importantly to connect everyone to one another. For my project, I will be creating a piece dedicated to the artist and their art. It is a piece that integrates the two together; The process of this involves me taking a portrait of the artist and then creating a double exposure of the artist with their art

In conclusion ~ Make art of the artist and their art

It's like art to the third power or art inception!

This is a fun and interactive way for other artists to meet one another or learn about eachother. I will be sharing a new artist weekly so please make sure to check back in to see the new featured artist.

as always~ Enjoy!

Today's Feature

Artist name: Dayne Stevens

Medium(s): Marker and Colored Pencil

Instagram: daynestevens_art


When did you notice that you had a love for art?

Probably around 5-7 years old. I spent a ton of time around my Uncle who is also an artist. I always got art related gifts growing up.

Are you originally from La Crosse? If not, where are you from and how long have you lived here?

Basically, grew up in Holmen, which is just outside of La Crosse. I moved into downtown La Crosse around a year after finishing college at Western.

Growing up what were your major influences as an artist? Other artists, Life events?

My uncle, Salvador Dali, Tim Burton, John R. Dilworth. Those would be people, events, I'd say a friend passing away unexpectedly who was really into art, we had both been voted most artistic in high school. I'd also say the end of my longest relationship (nearly 7 years) which was with a woman nearly opposite of me. Lastly, coming out as gender queer and bisexual and through that and embracing it more, undoing a lot of what was taught to me while growing up about "Being a man".

What message do you want to share about your art?

It's ok to feel, in fact I think we should embrace every emotion we experience and process it and express it in some way that's healthy. It helps create a better understanding of ourselves as well as helps improve communication I believe. Also that it doesn't matter how different you are, or confused, everything will be ok eventually.

What do you stand for as an artist?

Passion, inclusion, empathy, growth and healing.

What is your process or headspace you get into while creating new pieces?