It was Dan’s wife Britney, an accomplished artist herself, who got him into painting landscapes. Dan’s family were Carpatho-Rusyn coal miners from north-east Pennsylvania who had moved to the US from modern-day Graziowa, Poland. Dan’s interest in the nature, landscapes and his Rusyn roots added to this exploration of where creativity and imagination can take him. The need to create is tied to his son, to his family, and he must be in the correct mindset, in his own words – he must be “willing to create, which is sometimes an obstacle.” Painting takes him back to simple things in life, which might be the feeling he tries to evoke in the viewer.
We hope that this is the beginning of Dan’s artistic journey and that we will be able to reconnect again some time from now to update you on his achievements, projects and exhibitions.