296: An Interview with Dan McCaw

Work in progress, 48′ x 48′, acrylic

–I FIRST met Dan McCaw at a guest lecture at Utah State University when I was studying illustration and Dan was pursuing a successful career as an illustrator in the impressionist tradition. I was 23 and Dan was 33 and I sensed that he was already on a unique path.

Although I own his excellent book on painting (A Proven Strategy for Creating Great Art) I hadn’t read or heard anything from him for years until I stumbled onto this interview conducted by painter Anne Ward.

I agree wholeheartedly with his philosophy–making art can be frustrating and the resistance we encounter is an essential part of the process. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did.

Brad Teare –August 2016

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