Being born into a family with an all-encompassing passion for motor vehicles, cars and motorcycles, Dan’s interest in historic motor sport was preordained. Influenced by his father, an engineer and competitive cyclist/motorcyclist and grandfather skilled in carpentry, as a professional boat and coachbuilder. A more practical foundation could not have been imagined.
During his college and early working years, strong influence came from French impressionism and Pop Art, artists such as Toulouse Lautrec, Gauguin and Van Gogh to modern artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. Portrait painters Peter Blake and Lucien Freud became extremely influential and informative figures at this time, which have continued to guide his work today.
Today, Dan’s large canvases show a refreshingly different style reminiscent of portraiture, a genre, practiced through commissioned works over the years. This practice personally philosophised as ‘the window of the soul’, is the act of capturing slightest facial expression to provide insight into the character portrayed on canvas. Dan carries this through into his automotive work, always choosing subjects with an historical narrative; each study includes a portrait in period of the owners or pilot.