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Like most gifted artists, Dan Nelson's artistic journey began early. His father was a gifted oil painter, so it seemed natural for Dan to fill reams of notebook paper with sketches, scribbles and assorted visual experimentation. He failed the first assignment of his academic career by coloring the balloons instead of counting them. Undaunted by such inauspicious beginnings, he went on to win a string of prestigious awards: in the third grade he won 2nd place in a national safety poster contest... At age ten he won 5th place in a small town pumpkin carving contest... at age 15 he won a local window painting competition (against a bunch of kids half his age, as it turned out.)....Show More of Bio..