Raised on a farm in the Missouri river bottoms, Dan developed an early appreciation of wildlife and the outdoors. After pursuing a degree in wildlife conservation, Dan worked for several years as a conservation agent for the state of Missouri. He became fascinated with the of realism obtainable in wood sculpture and began his future vocation in wood carving with his first decoy. He has expanded his original waterfowl work to encompass songbirds, fish, game birds, mammals and raptors. He has been juried into the country’s most prestigious wildlife art shows, and has been honored with numerous awards, including several “Best of Show” awards. His carvings currently grace many private and corporate art collections in the U.S. and abroad.