Dan Knepper grew up in Northern Ohio and spent his childhood exploring vernal pools and giant trees and discovering puffballs, chipmunk dens and the places where the minnows gathered in the creek. He traveled through the woods to swim in sandstone quarries, with crystal waters of unreachable depth and moss covered cliff walls. He sat on the neighbor’s fence to watch horse shows and barrel racing. Those days started him down the path of some of his favorite subject matter.
Dan went to college to study glassblowing, which had a profound effect on his painting. Hot glass has a light of its own. It glows from within, and passes through dramatic color changes of transparent color as it cools. Dan still views the world through that lens of transparent colors and sparkling chips of colored glass, and tries to reflect that in his work.
Trips to the Rockies, Glacier and Western Montana as well as the Tetons and Yellowstone made a transcendent change in his life and work. The experiences helped define his work in general. He realized he wanted to preserve moments of transitional light in undisturbed places off the beaten path. His work has been in all the major art magazines, won national and international awards and is collected literally coast to coast.