Guest Artist NAWADan spent his childhood growing up in Colorado and New Mexico. Dan was born in Minnesota in 1949. After graduating from high school in Santa Fe, NM, He went to California to pursue his studies in art at California College of the Arts in San Francisco/Oakland, where he graduated with a BFA in 1972. After graduating, he worked briefly as an illustrator in San Francisco. He left his advertising career in San Francisco after a year, as his love for painting pulled him back to Santa Fe where he has lived ever sense. There, he has devoted his artistic talents in telling visual stories of the West and painting its landscape and people.