It became clear early on that Don Dahlke’s call in life was painting. His formal art training ended abruptly when an instructor suggested he just go paint! That he did. The Caribbean and Mexico became primary destinations and the focus of his work. Don’s early pieces can be classified as whimsical, capturing the spirit of West Indian life. He also has experimented with abstracts in mixed media, revealing perhaps, his more spiritual side. His signature architectural series is well developed and sought by collectors throughout the world. The appeal and strength of Don’s work is his unique ability to portray the allure of island ambiance, the sun, warmth, and striking colors. His trademark lies in the tropical shadows. And, within each painting are objects of significance to his life throughout the years…details of stories we can only imagine.