Dan was born in 1952 the son of an artist, and like many passionate artists and photographers began his love affair at an early age: working a paper route so he could buy a camera…his first exposure to a darkroom in a converted a guest bath…and growing up just 5 miles from Disneyland—Walt taught him the magic of the story. …Then there was Frank Lloyd Wright, Kandinsky, Rothko and Jackson Pollock—muses all.
Dan entered his first professional juried competition in 1965, at Bowers Museum in southern California, and was accepted. His work at that time, as a painter, was abstract expressionism—think of melding Pollock’s angst with Rothko’s form, his sense of place.
By the late ‘90’s and into the early noughts Dan’s work became more minimalist and he was known for a time as Daniel Scissorhands due to his propensity to cut out what he did not want. This trait, as well as painterly—and at times, sculptural has become characteristic of Dan’s photography.
Dan’s photography is in collection at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), and the Chinese-American Museum (Los Angeles).