Don Oehl’s fascination with fine arts began early in life. He grew up in Chicago, and studied dance at the Chicago Academy for the Performing Arts. Drawn to visual arts, he went on to study drawing and painting in Paris.
Wanderlust and a desire for fresh creative energy led him to move to New York in 1995, where the vibrant mix of haute couture, downtown street fashion and graffiti greatly influenced his sense of style.
After studying Fashion Illustration at NYC’s FIT, Don worked with design companies on point of sale and window displays for clients like Aveda and Bergdorf Goodman. Subsequently, he moved to publishing, and worked as an Art Director at Condé Nast. However, he soon discovered that fashion illustration was his primary language and ultimate way of self-expression
Don developed his illustrations through fashion, movement, shapes, and color—all with a wink. His illustrations are an homage to classical fashion illustration and incredibly on-trend. Don effortlessly blends digital process with classical illustration. He gains inspiration from his surroundings as well as from artists like Rene Gruau, Patrick Nagel, Kenneth Paul Block, Dondi White and John Luke Eastman.
Selected Clients: The Aesthete, An American in Paris Broadway, Bulgari, Bloomingdale’s, Chanel, Elle, Elle Decor, Domino, W Magazine, Glamour, Huffington Post, InStyle, L’Oreal, Lucky, Madame Figaro, Victoria’s Secret Beauty, Sunglass Hut, Town and Country, Teen Vogue, Target and W.