Della Wells was born in 1951, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
As a child growing up in North Carolina, Della made up stories and characters mainly to escape the madness of her mother’s mental illness and her father’s rage. Eventually, she would use her imaginary tales to inspire the collage art she creates today. Della feels strongly that spiritual awareness can only be achieved when you understand where you came from.
Della Wells has appeared in various publications including "Self Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art Guide to American Artists, Locations, and Resources," by Betty-Carol Sellen and Cynthia J. Johnanson.
Della is currently exhibiting her work at Loyola University in Chicago, "Her Story, My Dreams: Images by Della Wells," is on view until June 2, 2018. There is a terrific youtube video from the Loyola exhibit where Della talks about her work.