Today we’d like to introduce you to Dan Petersen.
Dan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up in a small town in New Jersey, where I spent my afternoons taking private art classes, both at a local business, as well as at a local woman’s house. Between those classes and my grandmother instilling in me a love of art (she worked with stained glass, among other things), I ended up constantly drawing. I still have one of those industrial-sized binders filled with stuff I drew as a kid – lots of Spongebob, Hey Arnold, characters I’d make up, that sort of thing. After taking a break from drawing for several years, I found myself living out on the west coast kind of miserable at the job I had been at for about two years. I realized it was the wrong career path and that all I was doing was putting off the inevitable: drawing for a living, to support myself. During this job, I noticed that there was no good reason I could find for not pursuing more of artistic life, so I put as much of my free time and energy into getting as good as possible at visual and graphic design, as well as illustration. It’s definitely a rough road, but I’m passionate every day about it, and despite being very early on in my career, I’ve already hit some benchmarks I thought would take much longer to achieve.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I specialize in visual and graphic design and do some illustration work from time to time. I’m most attracted to psychedelia, abstract design, and poppy colors and patterns. A few of my biggest aesthetic influences are Keith Haring, DABSMYLA, and M.C. Escher. Typically, I make my art digitally, but I do use colored pencils and acrylic markers quite a bit. At the end of the day, I want to make art that people love looking at. Personally, I’m not trying to put out a specific message, but rather make something that people haven’t seen before, and that once they do become aware of my work they can’t get enough of it.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I think the role of artists has always been the same general thing: Make art that inspires people to be better, whether that’s creative, behaviorally, emotionally, etc. The world has never been so small in that someone on the other side of the planet can immediately see the art I made in my apartment in California, and it can actually change how they see themselves and the world at large. That wasn’t possible 20 years ago.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can find me on Instagram @danpetersenart. And my online shop is at https://society6.com/danpetersenart?q=popular
- Phone: 9085912944
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danpetersenart/
- Other: https://society6.com/danpetersenart?q=popular
All photos owned by Dan Petersen.