Dan Knepper

Dan Knepper Painting

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Dan Knepper Painting

Dan Knepper: welcome to the hikers, explorers and the curious who can’t help but wander off the beaten path. My body of work captures the color of crisp morning light filled with promise, or the softening light of evening’s approach, or the last light of the gloaming where colors and sensibility of the day shift almost imperceptibly. .. all the transitions of life. We can control none of it, but in my work, I am able to stop a moment in time, hold a note, a breath, a transcendence above the ordinary held in the light through the leaves or its dance on the water.

My work resonates with those that love life’s natural beauty, who are drawn to green spaces, those concerned about the environment and what we leave behind for their families and those who follow. … for the hikers who are drawn to wander off the path to the wild places beyond.

I went to college to study glassblowing, which had a profound effect on my painting. Hot glass has a light of its own. It glows from within, and passes through dramatic changes of transparent color as it cools. I view the world through that lens of transparent colors and sparkling chips of colored glass, and try to reflect that in my work.

Trips to Glacier and Western Montana as well as the Tetons and Yellowstone made a transcendent change in my life and work. The experience helped define my work in general. I realized I wanted to bottle awe, and instill tranquility through quiet timeless moments.

I have studied painting with Mary Whyte, Peter Fiore, Neal Hughes, Scott Lloyd Anderson, Antonio Masi, Ryan Brown, and many others but Steven Walker has been the greatest influence on my oils.



  • Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Sept 2021
  • The Russell live auction, Wyoming Morning, August 2021
  • C.M. Russell Museum, Wyoming Morning spring and summer 2021
  • Western Art Collector, March 2021
  • Airstream Life Magazine, Spring 2021
  • Western Art and Architecture, Illuminations feature, Feb/March 2021
  • Mountain Oyster Show and Sale, Nov 2020, ‘Moose Falls’
  • Southwest Art’s Artistic Excellence Competition runner-up for The Cutting Horse
  • Howard/Mandville Gallery Small Works Show
  • Springfield Museum of Art Honorable Mention, 2020, ‘Laurie’s World’
  • Boldbrush Competition June 2020 Fav 15, ‘The Cutting Horse’
  • Boldbrush Competition May 2020 Fav 15 ‘Laurie’s World’
  • Richeson 75 International Landscape Competition Finalist June, 2020
  • Transcendence, (My Toes Are Cold)
  • Fine Art Connoisseur, July/Aug 2020 The Endless Appeal of the Horse
  • Southwest Art magazine, May 2020, Landscapes
  • Airstream Life Magazine, Spring 2020
  • Ohio Magazine Award, Bryn Du Mansion show, 2020
  • Southwest Art Magazine, Dec2019/Jan2020 issue. Artistic Excellence Finalist
  • Southwest Art’s Artistic Excellence Competition 2019, Finalist
  • Best of Show, Piqua Arts Council’s Annual, Sept, 2019
  • Signs of Summer Invitational, Saks Gallery, Denver, 2019
  • ‘Hung Juried’ Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA, March 2019
  • For the Love of the Moon Invitational, July 2019
  • Art at the Mill, Millwood VA, April/May 2019
  • Art to Art Palette Magazine, Winter, 2019
  • Juror, Ohio Plein Air Society at the Springfield Museum of Art
  • Small Works Invitational, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Nov/Dec 2018
  • People’s Choice, Springfield Museum of Art, August 2018
  • Airstream Fine Art Invitational, May, 2018
  • Professional Artist Magazine, May/June 2018
  • Finalist, Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Competition, Jan/Feb issue, 2018
  • American Art Collector Magazine, September, 2017
  • Finalist, Artist’s Magazine’s 34th Annual Competition.
  • Airstream Fine Art Invitational, May, 2017
  • “Wanderlust” Landscape Invitational, Howard/Mandville Gallery, May 2017
  • Outdoor Painter Magazine, Feb, 2017 www.outdoorpainter.com/do-you-see-these-colors-in-the-sky/
  • Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Feb 2017
  • Southwest Art Magazine, December, 2016
  • Finalist, Southwest Art Magazine’s Artistic Excellence competition, 2016
  • Watercolor Artist Magazine, ‘Ones to Watch, 2016”
  • People’s Choice, Airstream Fine Art Invitational, 2016
  • First Place for Watercolors, Gateway Arts Council annual, 2016
  • Best of Show, Gateway Arts Council annual, 2016
  • Adirondacks National Exhibition, NY, 8/8-10/5, 2015
  • Solo Show, Gallery 43023, Granville, OH November, 2015
  • Solo Show, Medina Library, Medina, Ohio, July 23- August 27, 2015
  • Solo Show, Mansfield Library, Mansfield, OH May, 2015
  • “Illuminations”, Solo Show, Riverside Art Center, Wapakoneta, OH, May 2015
  • Solo Show, Anna Bier Gallery, Greenville, OH, March 2015
  • “Dan Knepper and Gary Hovey”, Bear’s Mill Gallery, Nov., 2014
  • Finalist, Richeson 75 International Competition
  • Kentucky Watercolor Society Annual 2014
  • 2nd Place, Western Ohio Watercolor Society Winter Show, 2014
  • 1st Place, Piqua Arts Council Annual, 2014
  • Viewpoint 46, Cincinnati, 2014
  • 3rd Place, Springfield Museum of Art Spring Show, 2014
  • Top 10, Dick Blick National Competition 2013
  • Blick Art Materials Award, Ohio Watercolor Society Annual, 2013
  • 1st Place, Riverside Art Center 2013
  • Ohio State Fair Fine Art Exhibit, 2012
  • Best of Show, Gateway Arts Council, 2012
  • 1st and 3rd, Gateway Arts Council 2011



  • Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
  • Vision Gallery, Morehead, NC
  • Going to the Sun Gallery, Whitefish, MT
  • Mary Williams Fine Art, Boulder, CO
  • Hayley Gallery, New Albany, OH
  • Art at the Mill, Millwood, VA


Daniel A. Knepper Website

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