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Della was born in 1951 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
She is a self-taught artist who began drawing and painting in earnest at the age of 42.
Della's work is in over one hundred private and public collections. She has exhibited in various galleries, museums and art festivals all over the United States, Italy, and British Columbia. She has been a featured artist at the Kentuck Festival of Arts, the largest art festival which features folk, self-taught, and outsider art in the United States.
Della's art is about storytelling. Her work ranges from collage and pastels to quilting. Her creative process stems primarily from her personal experiences embellished through the art of storytelling into visual work. Wells' work has been written about and has appeared in several publications including Betty-Carol Sellen and Cynthia J. Johanson's book, Self Taught, Outsider and Folk Art: A Guide to American Artists, Locations and Resources (2000). One of her images appears in a children's book published by National Geographic; another image is featured by Milwaukee's Brenner Brewing Company on a famous beverage.
In 2011, an award-winning play which was inspired by her life debuted in Milwaukee. The play, titled "Don't Tell Me I Can't Fly," was commissioned by Milwaukee First Stage Children's Theatre. In 2010, the play was selected to be read at the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C., for its New Visions, New Voices Festival. Since its Milwaukee debut, the play has been produced in Nashville, Tennessee and in Charlotte, North Carolina.
About Della Wells