Those shining, snow capped solitudes, guardians of glaciers and birthplace of rivers, cracked and craggy, they are the crowns of countries. These mountains and the American west have been a magnet for Dan Metz since his first remembrances.
Since 1974, from the Gates of the Arctic to the Wrangells, St. Elias and down the Rockies through Wyoming he has gone ‘in country’ to his subjects where they live. Only in this way can he hope to imbue his work with the intrinsic nature and spirit of the themes he loves to portray. The scope of his fieldwork is an anomaly these days and it is evident. He has been there. There is only one goal – to make better paintings. His quest is not for some cold, mathematical precision but for a greater truth – the living, breathing essence of the animal.
Beginning as an illustrator in 1973, Dan knows how to “make a picture”. Fine draftsmanship and design, along with a thorough knowledge of his subjects, are the hallmarks of his work. Featured in ‘Wildlife Art’ and ‘Sporting Classics’ magazines, his work has appeared in numerous periodicals and books. Dan’s article on the sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti was published in Sporting Classics in 2009. His paintings have toured in a host of Museum exhibitions across the country and he won the first Bell Museum Purchase award in 2005.