Dan began drawing at a young age thanks to the encouragement of his grandfather, who painted scenes in and around his home town of Philadelphia. His influence also inspired Dan’s brothers, Trevor and Jason, who are also artists.
Dan studied art at West Chester University in the early 1990s. During that time, the university commissioned a series of four pen & ink illustrations depicting some of the original 19th century buildings on campus. That pretty much started the ball rolling. He continued to explore many pen & ink techniques and soon began adding color with pencils and water color before developing what today is his specialty, acrylic painting.
Having a life-long interest in cars, it was only natural for Dan to incorporate the automobile as a key subject in his artwork. For about a dozen years, while working a day job as a test lab technician, he continued to hone his artistic talent nights and weekends. While building a portfolio of automotive related artwork Dan would load his paintings into his vintage Cadillac and take them to weekend car shows. By 2005 Dan had built a loyal following of collectors of his work as well as a steady back-log of private commissions. It was at this time that Dan made the transition from the test lab day job to full-time automotive fine artist.
Dan’s acrylic paintings are created in a highly realistic style with a brilliant level of detail. Dan Reed will display his work here at the AACA Museum throughout the fall including during AACA Hershey Fall Meet Week when we have thousands of enthusiasts visit the Museum.