“There is something very appealing about an artist who strikes a harmonic chord so effortlessly. Whether it’s a small landscape of turreted red brick houses on Capitol Hill, an abstract rendering of geometric figures that look like the doodles of an engineer, or the engaging innocence of a stylized red dog, Dan Kessler’s paintings seem to have that effect. They make a direct appeal to the viewer’s innermost sensibilities." Doug Greenwood, art reviewer, Europe magazine."
Dan Kessler’s artistic roots became solidified in Catholic grammar school, where nuns gave him holy cards. These ornate depictions of religious scenes caught his eye and fired his imagination. However, his first experience with art actually began right in his very own childhood home in Bowie, Maryland where his mother, also an accomplished artist, served as a major source of inspiration for Kessler. It was these influences from a very young age that defined art as Kessler’s calling.
After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of Maryland, Kessler worked for several years in graphic arts and architectural design before turning to painting full time in 1991, and he has never looked back.
Today, Kessler is most readily recognized by his animal paintings. Distinctive in their whimsical style, they are a charmingly unique rendition of folk art and bright rich colors that capture the imagination and draw the viewer in. He is also well-known for his architectural pieces, including five commissioned Presidential commemorative paintings of the White House and a folk art painting of the White House used by the President and First Lady for a 1996 Christmas card.
Kessler’s work can be found in corporate and private collections internationally, and his reproductions are available worldwide.