In our ATAS Artist Spotlight series, we take a deeper dive into our artists through their work and the creative process and stories behind them.
Dane Khy is an Ohio-based artist known for his minimal yet complex work through the use of one continuous line. His artwork is inspired by empathy, human connection, and animal rescues. When Dane is not drawing, he enjoys brewing, bouldering, and reading. A motto that Dane goes by is Dr. Seuss’ poem, “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You”.
This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
“If I, along with other amazing artists, can help spread awareness in anyway possible, then I’m extremely happy to be apart of the journey”
What is your creative process?
Dane: Coming from a graphic design background, I always try to find a solution to simplify my illustrations, yet still convey a sense of emotion. I draw a lot of inspiration from life experiences, whether it be from forming or dissolving a relationship, to supporting friends in my community who advocate for animal rights.
Which one of your works is your favorite?
Dane: Earlier this year, I created “Unconditional” for a fundraiser to help support Pets Without Parents, a Columbus, Ohio non-profit, no-kill shelter & rescue for dogs and cats. As a volunteer for the local dog shelter, I always have a close attachment to my pieces that focuses on the relationship and bond between humans and animals.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
Dane: After whale watching in Iceland, I’ve been eager to plan a trip to the Pacific Northwest, particularly San Juan Island, to see Orcas in the wild.
What is your favorite piece of artwork that is not your own?
Dane: I randomly stumbled into an art exhibit one evening and was captivated by a print of a watercolor painting portrait titled “Alex”. It was painted by a local artist @SarahFieldArt and it’s one of my favorite pieces that I own.
What do you listen to while you work?
Dane: When I’m blogging or catching up on emails, it’s mostly blues-rock and chill music. However, when I’m drawing, my go-to artists are Childish Gambino, Odesza, Tom Day, Stevie Wonder, and Miguel.
Why did you decide to become an ATAS artist?
Dane: The art community is a strong one! And if I, along with other amazing artists, can help spread awareness in anyway possible, then I’m extremely happy to be apart of the journey.