With over 40 years of art experience, Dan Meyer has been interpreting his encounters with the avian wildlife of North America through the use of transparent watercolor. His attempt at capturing the essence of his subject is directly related to his emphasis on values and the luminecient quality of the medium. Dan considers himself a purist when it comes to watercolors, meaning he uses no white paint and tries to avoid opaque colors. The whites of his paintings are the results of painting values around an area leaving the bare paper to create the white. This method of watercolor is one of the challenges that inspires Dan to create new paintings with the same excitement and enthusiasm that he had with his very first painting. Dan's inspiration for a painting comes from observing his subject in its natural environment. He gathers information through sketches, notes and photography. In his studio he uses those references to create several sketches of the subject in various positions as part of the design process which will produce an eye-catching and interesting as well as self satisfying painting.
A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Dan worked in the advertising and packaging fields before pursuing Wildlife Art full time. His images have been used on packaging, posters, textiles and in sportsman magazines. He exhibits at a number of wildlife art shows in the east and shares his artistic knowledge with students through classes and workshops. Dan is a charter member and past president of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society and honorary member of the Central New York Watercolor Society.