Dan Gardiner

Born in Detroit, MI

In the words of the artist:

An artist makes hundreds of decisions to create a successful piece. Subject matter, composition, colors, size, texture, medium... the list goes on. But once an artist has mastered basic drawing fundamentals, painting is a fascinating endeavor. And one who can support himself painting is a lucky individual indeed.

Color and texture interest me the most. Subject matter is not important to me; someone once said that everything is fodder. A flower, a dumpster, a musician, an old building... Picture an elderly woman standing at a bus stop in the pouring rain; in the hands of a skilled artist, the image is naturally universal and poignant.

I like to lay the paint on thick; the visible brush strokes personalize artwork in a manner that photography and digital art cannot. I am never satisfied until I get the colors "right," which is wny I enjoy acrylics. Once can experiment with the medium, letting some of the under painting show through, change colors endlessly, scrub the surface, and even toss a paint-loaded sponge at the canvas.

Some say that all an artist can do is his or her best, sweat a bit over the piece, and then, "put it out there." When the artist displays a piece, they are really saying, "this subject matter excites and interests me." And if the artist has created the piece using pleasing color combinations and interesting techniques, hopefully art patrons will enjoy and maybe even find something personal in the artwork.

This artist may be interested in creating commissioned artworks - contact us for more information. You can also find out more by visiting www.dangardinerart.com.

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Pianoman

Uncle Eb

Miles

Mississippi Bluesman

Sonny Rollins

The Kid

Wrong Number

Southside 1

Southside 2

The Bridge

Green Bay 1965

Oldtown

Mother

Coffee Can

Blender

Aunt Helen s Cup

Purple Chuck

Shammy

Road to Rhinelander

67 Mustang

Cali VM

Field General

Waiting for His Lady

Jazz Box

Coal Delivery

Shine Boy

Sunday Morning

Bush Leagues

Wilt, 1963

Following Two

Rural Ball

Michael Jordan

Ben Hogan, 1952

Brooklyn

Butkus

Downfield

Fran Tarkington

Jackie Robinson

The Linebacker

Sandberg

Sosa

Five Spot

Say When

Bee Hive Lounge

Green Onions

Chicago Blues

Dearborn

Parrot Lounge

Regal Theatre

Wool Jersey

Boston Garden

AFL

Chelios

Mural #1
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1950s McDonalds, Plymouth
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Train Mural
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Chicago IL 60613
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