Featured Artist… Dan Beck!

“A Warm Breeze” by Dan Beck – Gold Medal Award Winner 2011 OPA Nationals

Isn’t this an absolutely beautiful painting? I love everything about this painting! The woman in this painting reminds me of one of my very best friends growing up. This looks like it could have been painted long, long ago, or just yesterday. I love it when paintings are ageless. I like the ruggedness of the trees and the sticks in the foreground. That coupled with the softness of the horizon works so beautifully. Take a minute to peruse through the many fabulous paintings Dan has on his website. The man can paint and that’s an understatement. If you’re a Facebook friend of his you may notice that he’s been posting some older pieces on occasion which are STUNNING. He stays true to his style. If you aren’t familiar with his work check it out!

One more… talk about timeless… whoa! Just look at how loose, yet how detailed this is! Wonderful work!

“Many Trails” by Dan Beck – Images from DanBeckArt.com

A blip about Dan from his website:

Wanderlust was Dan’s primary motivation in the decade following his graduation from high school.  Dan took to the road, working jobs that included ranch hand in Arizona, construction on the beach of Florida, refinishing furniture in Louisiana and four years in the infantry, including a two year tour in Germany.  Wherever he went, Dan filled sketch books and journals for his own enjoyment. Then in Colorado after a couple of years in college, he realized the thing that meant most to him was his sketch books. So he quit his job and college, sold everything he had and decided that commitment to one path was where all the previous had led him.

 Now Dan Beck is an award winning artist and sought after teacher.  His paintings have found collectors in both the private and corporate world on a national level as well as from such diverse places as Canada, Japan and the Middle East.  He is in the permanent collection of the Littleton Historical Museum and has exhibited with the Phippen Museum, Prescott, Arizona.  He has been invited to show in several national invitationals including the annual American Miniature Show at Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona and the annual “Fall Classic” in Hamilton, Montana.  Dan’s work has also been featured in “Southwest Art”, “Art of the West” magazines and “Art Talk”. He is a member of Oil Painters of America.

 Equally adept at figurative, still-life and landscape, Dan paints both oils and pastels and fees he is firmly rooted in the tradition of Impressionism. His love of nature and a deep respect for the tradition of art serve as both guide and inspiration to his goal of “making a contribution” to the world of painting. Dan’s paintings evoke a timelessness and dignity that are the underlying themes in whatever he paints.  As to his working methods, Dan works quickly and loosely in the beginning, covering the whole surface to establish his major shapes and drawing.  Then he slows down and lets the emerging image dictate the way the painting will be finished.  

 “Painting is a balancing act between opposite ideas – direct observation and instinct, control and spontaneity, even between the literal and the symbolic.  It seems to me that although a painter is deeply involved with his own private investigation, his real aim is to communicate something that only the person looking at the painting really understands.”

 Dan now lives in Lakewood, Colorado with his wife and two daughters.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

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