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Dan Mason studied art at St. Olaf College and received the MFA in drawing and painting at the University of Iowa. He has taught art and art history at colleges in Kansas and Minnesota, and retired from teaching after 20 years at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.
Mason creates oil on linen paintings that suggest a landscape of the imagination. He applies layers of transparent oil glazes which gradually develop color that is complex and layered, and forms that create the illusion of light that emanates from within. The textured linen support holds the thin oil glazes, adding its own physical quality to the surface.
Mason’s paintings are in numerous corporate and public collections, including General Mills, Target Corporation, Methodist Hospital, Wells Fargo, Federal Reserve Bank, University of Minnesota Hospitals, Spencer Museum, Kansas University, Lawrence, Thrivent Financial, HealthPartners, StarTribune, Metropolitan State University, Dayton Hudson Corporation, and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.