Dan Cross - Photography
Door County…old buildings, old barns, old docks. Inspiration for many artists.
Beauty here is wherever you look.
A pier and a dock. Inherent to them are the materials of construction. Over
time the forces of nature: wind, rain, waves, sun and the use by humans
have an effect.
When I walk them, I perceive them as a large canvas. My palette is the richly,
colored textures of contrasting materials, the weathering of nature on rocks,
the discoloration of old wood and the rusty patina on painted metal surfaces.
I look for interesting compositional designs, while trying to convey a
timelessness. Generations of commercial fishermen made their livelihood off
these docks. They are full of beauty, mystery and honor life.
Artist’s Media: Photography
I photograph using several different digital camera bodies, all being Nikon.
I use a variety of Nikon lenses, from wide angle to fisheye in capturing the
composition. I utilize Photoshop in post production dodging and burning and
enhancing the overall color balance.
I print my own work using ann Epson 9600 44” wide printer utilizing
Ultrachrome archival pigmented inks, on acid free Premier cold press paper.
The print is finish-coated with a UV inhibiter, then protected with an acid free
matte and framed with UV inhibiting glass. This ensures the work meets
museum light-fastness standards and will endure for more than 200 years.
His academic training was attained from the University of Wisconsin-Green
Bay where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education with a major
emphasis in painting and ceramics. He lives year-round in West Jacksonport,
WI and is owner of Idea Studio, a graphic design, photography and
His work has been shown nationally and has won awards of
excellence in several media. The most recent being at the Miller Art Museum
in Sturgeon Bay where he was awarded the Gerhard Miller Award of
Excellence in 2010. Regionally, his work is in the permanent collections of the
John Michael Kohler Art Center, the Brown County Neville Public Museum,
the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the Lawton Foundation.