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Dan Beck is an award winning artist with six consecutive Oil Painters of America awards of excellence (three National & three Regional). He has also won two consecutive Raymar Art Competition Awards of Excellence. The Southwest Art November 2008 issue had a feature article "A Painter's Playlist" and his painting "Waiting" was selected for the cover of that issue. He has also been featured in "Art of the West" magazines and "Art Talk". Dan has been invited to nationally prominent shows such as the annual American Miniature Show at Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona, the annual "Fall Classic" in Hamilton, Montana and the annual Great American Figurative Artists Show at Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, California. 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. About the Artist: 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. Dan has studied at the Art Student League of Denver, with numerous contemporary painters and has continuously studied the impressionist masters. Equally adept at figurative, still-life and landscape, Dan paints both oils and pastels and feels 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 to the viewer that resonates on a uniquely personal level." Dan now lives in Lakewood, Colorado with his wife and two daughters.