In the fall of 1982 I went to visit a relative that worked as a librarian at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washignton. While sitting in his home library I came across a book that changed my life. An Illustrator's Annual from 1978 caused a light bulb to go off above my head— not just go off it exploded.

For the first time in my life I realized that there were people that got paid to paint illustrations. I had finished an undergraduate degree in art a couple of years before. Had taken a class in commercial art but it never really understood that there were people who got paid to do this for a living. And sitting in my hands was a book filled from cover to cover with the best examples of illustration. Light bulb!

Flash forward four years and I am now working in Detroit in an illustration studio that at one time Bernie Fuchs and Mark English had worked in. The route to the studio took me through The Center for Creative Studies for two years while I worked on developing my illustration portfolio. And from there my portfolio has continued to expand and grow.

Images, ideas, stories, drawings, designs, paintings, prints—all from the mind of Dan Kistler ©2014