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Dan Engler started life in St. Louis, Missouri. His early interest in architecture brought him to Kansas State University, where he received degrees in architecture and fine art. Through his studies he met landscape artist Oscar Larmer. He developed his initial understanding of the visual world around him observing the sculptured Flint Hills of Eastern Kansas.

Dan currently lives with his wife and children in the great state of Washington. Dan is a studio painter. He uses a reservoir of sketches drawn from excursions in the surrounding region to inspire and direct his compositions. At his studio he structures these ideas into his paintings.

As he paints he must manage the conflict between the transcendent nature of the watercolor medium and the composition he builds upon. His education in architecture and interest in science continues to influence his painting:
"The composition of a painting is its foundation; it is my strongest ally in my effort to build beautiful images."

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