Meet Dan Bartges, Ashland resident and painter.

Capturing nature’s rich colors in the “plein air” style in oils is Dan’s specialty and will be featured in “1 Pond + 4 Acres,” his latest show at Gallery Flux.  The Opening Reception is March 1 from 5:30-8:00pm.  Dan will also be featured at a Gallery Flux Art Talk on Sunday, March 4 from 1-2:30pm.

A Florida native, Dan attended Hampden-Sydney College where he earned a B.A. and then the University of Richmond where he earned an M.A.  He continued his art education studying under notable artists at the Modlin School of Arts at the University of Richmond and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School.

Dan began as a full time painter in 1996.  His work life prior, according to his website, “included editorial writing/cartoonist, Sr. VP for a major ad agency, authoring three books (one on painting and two on sports), and a year as a deckhand on foreign cargo ships.”

For his latest work Dan explains, “One interesting thing about these paintings is that I took one year off to get back in touch with what is meaningful to me.  Basically, I took time off from exhibitions and commission work.  I stopped marketing my work and dealing with galleries.  I became energized again.  I would wake up and want to paint again.”

Dan took about 14 months to create his paintings and would go out at sunrise, stay until about 10am, and then go back at 3:30 until the early evening.  He prefers shadows as opposed to the harsh light of day.

When Dan isn’t painting, he enjoys tennis, squash, bicycling and classic movies and also serves on the board of the Ashland Main Street Association. For more on Dan’s work, visit his website.

Dan’s subject and inspiration for his latest exhibit is a Hanover County pond and the surrounding farm and landscapes.