Della Wells

Della Wells

Photograph of Della Wells with a selection of her dolls
Photograph by Ted Degener courtesy Della Wells

Della Wells paints and draws as a way to tell life stories. Wells first began creating in earnest when she was 42; her work is now highly acclaimed and recognized as significant by outsider art scholars, museum curators and patrons of the arts. Her work appeals to a younger crowd: One of her images was included in The Classic Treasury of Childhood Wonder: Favorite Adventures, Stories, Poems and Songs for Making Lasting Memories, and her autobiographical play “Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly” was commissioned by Milwaukee First Stage Children’s Theatre and read at the Kennedy Center. Children and adults alike can appreciate her expressive, deeply personal creations.


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