Wes Dewey was born and raised in Southeast Kansas and spent most of his youth exploring the woods, prairies and the abundant wildlife they offered. His love of the outdoors and nature was instilled at an early age. Being artistic most of his life, he began painting professionally in the mid-1980s.
Over the ensuing years, Wes has been a finalist in The National Wild Turkey print competition, the Oregon Upland Stamp competition, Duck Stamp competitions in the states of Nevada, Delaware and Oklahoma, as well as being in the top ten, twice, in the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp competition.In addition, Wes has won the Kansas Wildlife in Art Series, the Kansas Duck Stamp Competition, and as recently as 2011, won the Louisiana Duck Stamp Competition.
Wes was featured as a sponsor artist for Kansas D.U. in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and was commissioned to paint the original art for the Taggart/Wildtrust Memorial Print to benefit the Cheyenne Bottoms near Great Bend, Kansas.
After working with William Scott Jennings, painting the red rock country around Sedona, Arizona, Wes expanded his artistic interests to landscapes, both in the studio and plein air.
Wes has attended many juried-only shows, such as the National Wildlife Art Show in Kansas City, the Wildlife Art Expo in Wichita, Kansas, the Oklahoma Wildlife Art Festival in Tulsa, and the Midwest Gathering of the Artists in Carthage, Missouri.
In recent years, Wes has displayed art in the Visions of the Flint Hills exhibit in Kansas City, and has had a landscape painting chosen for display at the 2011 Symphony in the Flint Hills.
Wes' artwork is featured in the Works of Art Gallery, located on the historic square of Humboldt, Kansas.