MMoA Artists Share: Dan Lake

Dan Lake is an oil painter who resides in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

He is particularly proud of his work he refers to as “purposeful art.”  In this regard, he has created art that opens hearts (through his contributions to the project Beyond the Diagnosis), reflects history (with his paintings based on images from WWII), and motivates children (through a project he began with his granddaughter called Partner Paintings).  All of this is possible since he paints what inspires him, without the pressure of the sales of his work.

Dan became an Elected Artist member at MMoA in 2016.

Image Above:  Dan at the Spring Bull Gallery in Newport, Rhode Island, where he received the first prize in the “Reflections” themed show of October, 2019.


About the Artist

Dan learned to paint in his youth, studying with Wassily Sommer for 10 years in Anchorage, Alaska, and with Western artists Sergei Bongart, Ron Lukas, and Del Gish in Rexburg, Idaho.  After raising three children and retiring from educating teachers for 25 years, Dan joined the community of Rhode Island artists through activities with the Wickford Art Association.  He has won numerous awards for his oils which often feature Rhode Island images.  Dan does portraits on commission and has recently began a series of paintings based upon sailing Hobie catamarans.  The working boats of Rhode Island are of particular interest due to their history and character, and he is known for his work done in Bristol, Newport, and New Bedford.

Image Above:  ‘Mike’s Boat, August 2019’


Recent Accomplishments

In the fall of 2019, Dan took first place in the Spring Bull Gallery’s juried show “Reflections” for his image of a Bristol working boat.  He was also elected President of the East Greenwich Art Club, where he had received several 2019 awards for his work.  He is currently working on several Arizona landscape commissions and completing more in the series of “Hobie Cat” paintings based on an August 2019 regatta in Narragansett Bay.