Monday, July 21, 2008

The Art of Dan McCrary

I ran across the art of Dan McCrary while surfin' the Internet this afternoon. I followed a link to his website and was absolutely "blown away" with the realism and detail in his work. Having drawn and painted several auto related pieces of my own in my younger days (my parents sent me to a few art classes as a kid & I really enjoyed drawing in junior high and high school) I know how hard it is to get realism in the reflections of paint and chrome. Dan's work takes it to a new level with the reflections becoming a "piece within a piece".

Dan not only paints hot rods and customs, his work also covers muscle cars, race cars, classics, and even rusting relics. Dan's work is available and reasonable priced through his website and other sites online. You can check out his work at:

The following was taken from his website:

"Combining a photo-realist approach to watercolor technique with a unique and adventurous sense of composition, Dan McCrary applies his vision to a wide variety of automotive subjects. The Development of reflection and shine can be played to the maximum on one piece, and then he shifts into another gear to depict in amazing detail the rust and pitted chrome of an aging derelict.Dan was born in 1949 in Raleigh, N.C. As early as age 5, he was attending races and becoming fascinated with automobiles in general. He attended East Carolina University and worked for several years as a musician before turning to the fulltime pursuit of automotive art in the early eighties. Dan's award-winning work has been widely published and can be found in numerous prominent individual and corporate collections. He now resides in Charlotte, N.C. with his wife Lynn and daughter Danielle."