Dan McCaw is an artist with a single vision: to create the most expressive visual experience possible based upon a wide variety of personal observations. Each new painting becomes a challenge to go beyond the previous work and push the boundaries of how one looks at art and one’s every day life experience. “Good paintings are like friends” he has said, “they encourage you to do more, to search, to experiment and to grow.”
Early influences on McCaw were his Russian born instructor, Sergei Bongart, and his exposure to the great European masters such as the Spanish Impressionist Joaquin Sorolla, whose ideas about light and design are still interwoven in his work today. For many years McCaw has been associated with his sensitive figure paintings that are deeply rooted in the romantic impressionist tradition. Recognizing the influence of Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, Gustav Klimt and the Abstract Expressionists, McCaw has begun to infuse his work with a heightened awareness that frees it from literal representation of the subject.