The Amish Elder
The Amish Elder

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
October 2019

Just outside of Cashton, WI, there is a place known as “Amish Walmart.” I’ve mentioned it in a few of my blog posts. Amish Walmart is run by an amish family. Since I moved to the U.S., I’ve been interested in the Amish. There’s something about living “off grid” that appeals to me… until I need heat, light, air conditioning, etc… then I’m all set.

This is my first portrait and I really enjoyed building up the texture on the face. This is the face of a man weathered by the elements through years of barn building and farming.

The inspiration from Van Gogh is evident in this piece, not just in the brushwork but in the complementary color choices.

Devil's Tower, Wyoming
Devil's Tower, Wyoming

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
August 2019

This iconic piece is inspired by the artist’s trip to Wyoming. The artist took his sketchbook and sketched many views on his trip including Yellowstone National Park, the Badlands and “Devil’s Tower” - the first national monument in the United States. This piece is heavily inspired by the fauvist artists of early 20th century Europe such as de Vlaminck, Derain and Mattise.

Downtown La Crosse, WI
Downtown La Crosse, WI

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
August 2019

“Downtown La Crosse, WI” depicts an iconic scene from 4th Street South, La Crosse with the iconic Leithold’s Music store front and center. On his first trip to La Crosse, Dan was struck by the beauty in this old, downtown building and how majestic it stood, framed by the other buildings in downtown La Crosse thanks to the “dog-leg right” turn.

An Amish Flower Garden
An Amish Flower Garden

12 x 12 inch oil on canvas
July 2019

In rural Vernon County there are many amish greenhouses. “An Amish Flower Garden” is the artists first attempt at capturing the boldness and beauty of these magical places hidden in the rolling bluffs of rural Wisconsin.

Viroqua Farmers Market II
Viroqua Farmers Market II

11 x 14 inch oil on canvas
July 2019

“Viroqua Farmers Market II” depicts a Saturday in summer at the Viroqua Farmers Market where local Amish families sell their wares. The color held within the designs of the amish aprons, towels and garments caught the eye of the artist which he rendered in is typical bold brush strokes.

The Basket Sellers - Viroqua Farmers Market
The Basket Sellers - Viroqua Farmers Market

11 x 14 inch oil on canvas
June 2019

The Barn by the Kickapoo River
The Barn by the Kickapoo River

11 x 14 inch oil on canvas
June 2019

The Morning Cummute
The Morning Cummute

20 x 24 inch oil on canvas
May 2019

Inspired by the artist’s morning commute, this piece depicts members of an Amish farm as they head in different directions, going about their morning chores.

Driftless Cafe at Night
Driftless Cafe at Night

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
April 2019

The Barn II
The Barn II

12 x 12 inch oil on canvas
April 2019

Sunset at the farm
Sunset at the farm

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
February 2019

Tuscany
Tuscany

11 x 14 oil on canvas (commission)
April 2019

Vernon County Courthouse, Viroqua, WI
Vernon County Courthouse, Viroqua, WI

22 x 28 inch oil on canvas
November 2018

“Vernon county courthouse” is the artist’s first venture into large format painting. The image depicts the historic Vernon County Courthouse, flanked by two large pine trees.

The image is once again inspired by the artist’s affection for “the golden hour” - that one hour of daylight before sunset.

The canvas is grounded using a mix of burnt sienna and ultramarine. Warmth is added with glazes of indian yellow.

Tobacco Warehouse II
Tobacco Warehouse II

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
March 2019

The Ride Home
The Ride Home

24 x 30 inch oil on canvas
November 2018

“The ride home” is inspired by the artists daily commute through the Driftless region in Wisconsin. Particularly the area known as Dilly which is surrounded by an amish community.

The subject of the piece is the silhouette of an amish buggy in the late afternoon as it begins the climb up a hill, Dilly Church breaking the horizon.

Bare fall trees are added to the scene to provide a linear progression, both vertically and horizontally.

Again, we see the artist’s complementary color palette, pairing cool blues with warm oranges and reds which are cut through with silhouettes and highlights to provide a dynamic image.

Selby Abbey
Selby Abbey

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
April 2019

Commissioned piece.

Reclining at the Fortney Hotel
Reclining at the Fortney Hotel

11 x 14 inch oil on canvas
March 2019

Kickapoo Coffee
Kickapoo Coffee

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
February 2019

Summer Barn
Summer Barn

12 x 12 inch oil on canvas
February 2019

Tobacco Warehouse, Viroqua
Tobacco Warehouse, Viroqua

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
December 2018

“Tobacco Warehouse, Viroqua” is a return to the lose brushwork style developed by the artist throughout his exploration of the medium. Once again, warm and cool tones are combined in a bold portrait of another historic building.

Elements from fauvist artists such as Derain and Vlaminck are included such as flourishes of deep blue to provide movement to the sky.

Stormy Evening over Arizona
Stormy Evening over Arizona

20 x 16 in oil on canvas
May 2018

“Stormy evening over Arizona” is an early knife painting by Dan Howard inspired by a trip to the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The image is broken into three blocks dominated by warm and cool colors. The rendering of the storm clouds is mirrored by the distant hills and broken by a vibrant sunset in the distance.

A cactus is rendered in the foreground using long brushstrokes. Highlights and flowers and added to the foreground to add detail and sharpness.

The Fortney Hotel, Viroqua
The Fortney Hotel, Viroqua

8 x 10 inch oil on canvas
February 2018

“The Fortney Hotel, Viroqua” is another attempt by the artist to loosen up his brushwork as he explores deeper into impressionism.

The forms are rendered with short, sharp brush strokes, holding the brush at length to ensure uneven lines.

Vernon County Fair
Vernon County Fair

8 x 10 in oil on canvas
February 2018

“Vernon County Fair” features a striking silhouette of a ferris wheel against an early evening sky.

This piece is an early attempt by the artist to break away from traditional rendering of forms and move towards a loser, freer brushwork. The image is inspired by a photograph taken by the artist in 2014.

The cools tones of the sky are complimented against warm colors in the foreground and the rendering of the people is quick and lose to invoke movement - reflecting the hustle and bustle of the county fair.

Misty Dock at Sunset
Misty Dock at Sunset

11 x 14 oil on canvas
April 2018

“Misty dock at sunset” is another step into rendering forms using very fluid and lose brushstrokes. The artist has enjoyed contrasting vivid warm and cool tones in the sky and the water. Bold silhouettes of a harbor and fishing boat cut through the structure of the painting.

Yacht at Sunset
Yacht at Sunset

11 x 14 inch oil on canvas
April 2018

“Yacht at sunset” is another bold knife painting by artist Dan Howard depicting a striking silhouette of an old yacht against a fierce evening sunset. Purple clouds in the distance provide a structural element to give the viewer grounding. Purple storm clouds encircle an orange sky.

Bald Eagle on Birch
Bald Eagle on Birch

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
May 2018

“Bald eagle on birch” is a knife painting by artist Dan Howard featuring a finely rendered bald eagle against a vivd backdrop.

Texture is suggested by contrasting light and dark tones side by side.

Warm colors in the foreground are complemented with cool tones in the distance.

Elephant
Elephant

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
June 2018

“Elephant” is a bold knife painting by Dan Howard. In this image, the artist has stepped away from a largely complementary color palette and moved to an analogous color palette using cool blues and greens to render the form of an elephant in the jungle.

Small hints of desaturated browns and the dab of red bring warmth to the piece.

Driftless Cow
Driftless Cow

11 x 14 oil on canvas
May 2018

“Driftless Cow” is a bold and expressive portrait of a cow. This image was inspired as a result of the artist’s volunteer work with the 2018 Vernon County Dairy Breakfast held at Wall-stone Holsteins.

The event was designed to bring two groups of people together, those who are traditional farmers and those who have moved to the area in search of the “driftless” lifestyle.

These two factions have typically juxtaposed each other as traditional farming competes against the organic movement.

This painting pays homage to the 2018 Vernon County Dairy Breakfast which aimed to bring people from all walks of life together.

Deer
Deer

8 x 10 inch oil on canvas
May 2018

“Deer” is an expressive and colorful portrait of a buck. The subject of the painting is sculpted by bold brushwork, using dark tones to create form and light tones to sculpt in highlights. Warm and cool tones play off each other to provide a bold color dynamic .

Sunset At The Farm
Sunset At The Farm

11 x 14 oil and acrylic on canvas
September 2018

“Sunset at the farm” is a break from the “norm” for artist Dan Howard. The artist began this piece as an oil on canvas knife painting.

Becoming increasingly frustrated with his rendering of elements of the scene, Howard scratched away at the canvas like a madman, dropped the knife and left the piece on his easel for a week.

Eventually he came back to it with black acrylic paint and began to paint over the abstract mess.

The result, a piece which is bold in its use of silhouettes and subtle in its use of color.

Harvest I
Harvest I

11 x 14 oil on canvas
May 2018

“Harvest I” is a knife painting which depicts bold shadows of a harvested field at sunset. A single bale of hay anchors the viewer in the picture as distant hills cut through the composition, allowing the image to be read well at a distance.

Harvest II
Harvest II

16 x 20 oil on canvas
December 2018

“Harvest II” is a bold depiction of a farm at sunset. This is a return to a comfort-zone by the artist - using silhouettes against a vibrant sky. The painting style is incredibly loose and draws inspiration from fauvist artists such as Vlaminck.

“Harvest II” is the result of the artist pulling together everything he has learned from his own exploration of the medium and from research of artists such as Andre Derain, Vlaminck and Matisse.

Winter On The Farm
Winter On The Farm

16 x 20 oil on canvas
December 2018

“Winter on the farm” is a bold post-impressionist venture into landscape painting. The trademark use of warm and cool tones juxtaposed against each other is clearly visible.

Heavy outlines as found in the works of Derain and Vlaminck are also to be found in this work as the artist continues his exploration into fauvism and post-impressionism.

The Amish Elder
Devil's Tower, Wyoming
Downtown La Crosse, WI
An Amish Flower Garden
Viroqua Farmers Market II
The Basket Sellers - Viroqua Farmers Market
The Barn by the Kickapoo River
The Morning Cummute
Driftless Cafe at Night
The Barn II
Sunset at the farm
Tuscany
Vernon County Courthouse, Viroqua, WI
Tobacco Warehouse II
The Ride Home
Selby Abbey
Reclining at the Fortney Hotel
Kickapoo Coffee
Summer Barn
Tobacco Warehouse, Viroqua
Stormy Evening over Arizona
The Fortney Hotel, Viroqua
Vernon County Fair
Misty Dock at Sunset
Yacht at Sunset
Bald Eagle on Birch
Elephant
Driftless Cow
Deer
Sunset At The Farm
Harvest I
Harvest II
Winter On The Farm
The Amish Elder

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
October 2019

Just outside of Cashton, WI, there is a place known as “Amish Walmart.” I’ve mentioned it in a few of my blog posts. Amish Walmart is run by an amish family. Since I moved to the U.S., I’ve been interested in the Amish. There’s something about living “off grid” that appeals to me… until I need heat, light, air conditioning, etc… then I’m all set.

This is my first portrait and I really enjoyed building up the texture on the face. This is the face of a man weathered by the elements through years of barn building and farming.

The inspiration from Van Gogh is evident in this piece, not just in the brushwork but in the complementary color choices.

Devil's Tower, Wyoming

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
August 2019

This iconic piece is inspired by the artist’s trip to Wyoming. The artist took his sketchbook and sketched many views on his trip including Yellowstone National Park, the Badlands and “Devil’s Tower” - the first national monument in the United States. This piece is heavily inspired by the fauvist artists of early 20th century Europe such as de Vlaminck, Derain and Mattise.

Downtown La Crosse, WI

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
August 2019

“Downtown La Crosse, WI” depicts an iconic scene from 4th Street South, La Crosse with the iconic Leithold’s Music store front and center. On his first trip to La Crosse, Dan was struck by the beauty in this old, downtown building and how majestic it stood, framed by the other buildings in downtown La Crosse thanks to the “dog-leg right” turn.

An Amish Flower Garden

12 x 12 inch oil on canvas
July 2019

In rural Vernon County there are many amish greenhouses. “An Amish Flower Garden” is the artists first attempt at capturing the boldness and beauty of these magical places hidden in the rolling bluffs of rural Wisconsin.

Viroqua Farmers Market II

11 x 14 inch oil on canvas
July 2019

“Viroqua Farmers Market II” depicts a Saturday in summer at the Viroqua Farmers Market where local Amish families sell their wares. The color held within the designs of the amish aprons, towels and garments caught the eye of the artist which he rendered in is typical bold brush strokes.

The Basket Sellers - Viroqua Farmers Market

11 x 14 inch oil on canvas
June 2019

The Barn by the Kickapoo River

11 x 14 inch oil on canvas
June 2019

The Morning Cummute

20 x 24 inch oil on canvas
May 2019

Inspired by the artist’s morning commute, this piece depicts members of an Amish farm as they head in different directions, going about their morning chores.

Driftless Cafe at Night

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
April 2019

The Barn II

12 x 12 inch oil on canvas
April 2019

Sunset at the farm

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
February 2019

Tuscany

11 x 14 oil on canvas (commission)
April 2019

Vernon County Courthouse, Viroqua, WI

22 x 28 inch oil on canvas
November 2018

“Vernon county courthouse” is the artist’s first venture into large format painting. The image depicts the historic Vernon County Courthouse, flanked by two large pine trees.

The image is once again inspired by the artist’s affection for “the golden hour” - that one hour of daylight before sunset.

The canvas is grounded using a mix of burnt sienna and ultramarine. Warmth is added with glazes of indian yellow.

Tobacco Warehouse II

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
March 2019

The Ride Home

24 x 30 inch oil on canvas
November 2018

“The ride home” is inspired by the artists daily commute through the Driftless region in Wisconsin. Particularly the area known as Dilly which is surrounded by an amish community.

The subject of the piece is the silhouette of an amish buggy in the late afternoon as it begins the climb up a hill, Dilly Church breaking the horizon.

Bare fall trees are added to the scene to provide a linear progression, both vertically and horizontally.

Again, we see the artist’s complementary color palette, pairing cool blues with warm oranges and reds which are cut through with silhouettes and highlights to provide a dynamic image.

Selby Abbey

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
April 2019

Commissioned piece.

Reclining at the Fortney Hotel

11 x 14 inch oil on canvas
March 2019

Kickapoo Coffee

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
February 2019

Summer Barn

12 x 12 inch oil on canvas
February 2019

Tobacco Warehouse, Viroqua

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
December 2018

“Tobacco Warehouse, Viroqua” is a return to the lose brushwork style developed by the artist throughout his exploration of the medium. Once again, warm and cool tones are combined in a bold portrait of another historic building.

Elements from fauvist artists such as Derain and Vlaminck are included such as flourishes of deep blue to provide movement to the sky.

Stormy Evening over Arizona

20 x 16 in oil on canvas
May 2018

“Stormy evening over Arizona” is an early knife painting by Dan Howard inspired by a trip to the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The image is broken into three blocks dominated by warm and cool colors. The rendering of the storm clouds is mirrored by the distant hills and broken by a vibrant sunset in the distance.

A cactus is rendered in the foreground using long brushstrokes. Highlights and flowers and added to the foreground to add detail and sharpness.

The Fortney Hotel, Viroqua

8 x 10 inch oil on canvas
February 2018

“The Fortney Hotel, Viroqua” is another attempt by the artist to loosen up his brushwork as he explores deeper into impressionism.

The forms are rendered with short, sharp brush strokes, holding the brush at length to ensure uneven lines.

Vernon County Fair

8 x 10 in oil on canvas
February 2018

“Vernon County Fair” features a striking silhouette of a ferris wheel against an early evening sky.

This piece is an early attempt by the artist to break away from traditional rendering of forms and move towards a loser, freer brushwork. The image is inspired by a photograph taken by the artist in 2014.

The cools tones of the sky are complimented against warm colors in the foreground and the rendering of the people is quick and lose to invoke movement - reflecting the hustle and bustle of the county fair.

Misty Dock at Sunset

11 x 14 oil on canvas
April 2018

“Misty dock at sunset” is another step into rendering forms using very fluid and lose brushstrokes. The artist has enjoyed contrasting vivid warm and cool tones in the sky and the water. Bold silhouettes of a harbor and fishing boat cut through the structure of the painting.

Yacht at Sunset

11 x 14 inch oil on canvas
April 2018

“Yacht at sunset” is another bold knife painting by artist Dan Howard depicting a striking silhouette of an old yacht against a fierce evening sunset. Purple clouds in the distance provide a structural element to give the viewer grounding. Purple storm clouds encircle an orange sky.

Bald Eagle on Birch

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
May 2018

“Bald eagle on birch” is a knife painting by artist Dan Howard featuring a finely rendered bald eagle against a vivd backdrop.

Texture is suggested by contrasting light and dark tones side by side.

Warm colors in the foreground are complemented with cool tones in the distance.

Elephant

16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
June 2018

“Elephant” is a bold knife painting by Dan Howard. In this image, the artist has stepped away from a largely complementary color palette and moved to an analogous color palette using cool blues and greens to render the form of an elephant in the jungle.

Small hints of desaturated browns and the dab of red bring warmth to the piece.

Driftless Cow

11 x 14 oil on canvas
May 2018

“Driftless Cow” is a bold and expressive portrait of a cow. This image was inspired as a result of the artist’s volunteer work with the 2018 Vernon County Dairy Breakfast held at Wall-stone Holsteins.

The event was designed to bring two groups of people together, those who are traditional farmers and those who have moved to the area in search of the “driftless” lifestyle.

These two factions have typically juxtaposed each other as traditional farming competes against the organic movement.

This painting pays homage to the 2018 Vernon County Dairy Breakfast which aimed to bring people from all walks of life together.

Deer

8 x 10 inch oil on canvas
May 2018

“Deer” is an expressive and colorful portrait of a buck. The subject of the painting is sculpted by bold brushwork, using dark tones to create form and light tones to sculpt in highlights. Warm and cool tones play off each other to provide a bold color dynamic .

Sunset At The Farm

11 x 14 oil and acrylic on canvas
September 2018

“Sunset at the farm” is a break from the “norm” for artist Dan Howard. The artist began this piece as an oil on canvas knife painting.

Becoming increasingly frustrated with his rendering of elements of the scene, Howard scratched away at the canvas like a madman, dropped the knife and left the piece on his easel for a week.

Eventually he came back to it with black acrylic paint and began to paint over the abstract mess.

The result, a piece which is bold in its use of silhouettes and subtle in its use of color.

Harvest I

11 x 14 oil on canvas
May 2018

“Harvest I” is a knife painting which depicts bold shadows of a harvested field at sunset. A single bale of hay anchors the viewer in the picture as distant hills cut through the composition, allowing the image to be read well at a distance.

Harvest II

16 x 20 oil on canvas
December 2018

“Harvest II” is a bold depiction of a farm at sunset. This is a return to a comfort-zone by the artist - using silhouettes against a vibrant sky. The painting style is incredibly loose and draws inspiration from fauvist artists such as Vlaminck.

“Harvest II” is the result of the artist pulling together everything he has learned from his own exploration of the medium and from research of artists such as Andre Derain, Vlaminck and Matisse.

Winter On The Farm

16 x 20 oil on canvas
December 2018

“Winter on the farm” is a bold post-impressionist venture into landscape painting. The trademark use of warm and cool tones juxtaposed against each other is clearly visible.

Heavy outlines as found in the works of Derain and Vlaminck are also to be found in this work as the artist continues his exploration into fauvism and post-impressionism.

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