Dan spent his childhood growing up in Colorado and New Mexico. Dan was born in Minnesota in 1949. After graduating from high school in Santa Fe, NM, Dan went to California to pursue his studies in art at California College of the Arts in San Francisco/Oakland, where he graduated with a BFA in 1972. After graduating, he worked briefly as an illustrator in San Francisco. He left his illustrating career in San Francisco after a year, as his love for painting pulled him back to Santa Fe where he has lived and painted ever sense.
Dan’s subject matter includes the American Indian and their lives, scenes of past and present from western life, subtle landscapes, and delicate still lifes. Dan’s imagination is kindled by Western literature as well as the natural beauty, which surrounds him. Dan and his family, wife Patty, and daughters Danielle and Gabrielle travel quite a bit and Dan has painted on most all these trips to the Bahamas, BVI’s, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Mexico, and many other wonderful places.
Dan’s work is found in many outstanding private and corporate collections. His work has been shown from New York to Los Angles at places such as The Art League of New York (special award for painting), The Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, in Los Angles CA., The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, IN, The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK., Albuquerque Museum in New Mexico, Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum (which bought a painting for its permanent collection), The New Mexico Governors Gallery at the State Capital in Santa Fe, NM., Santa Fe Fine Arts Museum, The Haley Library in Midland Texas, The Denver Rotary Artist of America show in Denver CO., He has been featured in select publications including The New York Times, Business Week, Art of the West, Southwest Art. Colorado Cowboay, The Santa Fean, Cpwboys & Indians, the book Contemporary Western Artist and others. One of his paintings was selected for the Santa Fe Opera poster.
Since the early 1970’s, Dan has been involved with many group, individual, and invitational shows. He also has a select few support organization like The Children Museum in Santa Fe, and The Kidney Foundation of New Mexico, that he donates his art for their fund raising efforts.