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Born in New Jersey in 1971, reared in Ohio and finishing his education in Connecticut at the Propersi Institute of Art, Dan is used to adapting to different environs. As a successful tattoo artist, he has been fortunate to extend his travel experiences all over the world. Dan is an avid Plein Air painter, producing the majority of his work on site, adapting to the varied scenery he’s encountered in his travels. Painting plein air has helped him develop a confident style with an immediacy and freshness infused into each painting. Over 25 years of drawing daily for tattoo clients has sharpened his skills as a draftsman, painting daily for the last 10 years has elevated his techniques in watercolor. Dan is constantly studying and continuing to experiment and hone his personal style.
Dan demos and teaches regularly and has become a sought after instructor, known for his energy, passion and deep care for his students growth and progression as watercolor painters
He has been featured and has published articles in various art publications including Watercolor Artist Magazine, PleinAir Magazine, American Watercolor Weekly, Outdoor Painter, Fine Art Connoisseur and was featured as an “Artist to Watch” in Southwest Art Magazine. He has been featured on Eric Rhoads’ PleinAir Podcast and has been a demonstrator at the PleinAir Convention & Expo in San Diego, Santa Fe and San Francisco.
Recent honors include The Directors Choice Award and Collectors Choice Award at LPAPA's Laguna Plein Air Invitational in 2018 and the Fine Art Connoisseur Award at the American Impressionist Society’s Annual National Juried Competition. Dan has also been invited back the LPAPA's Laguna Plein Air Invitational in 2019 for the third consecutive year.
Dan is a member of NYC’s storied Salmagundi Club and a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.
Dan currently lives in Denver, Co with his wife, Madoka and French bulldog, Mogu. He works in his own studio gallery space, Atelier 71 when he’s not off on an adventure.