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We Asked, They Answered: Dan Wiemer

Dan Wiemer of Red Wing is probably best known locally for his watercolor paintings. A member of the Red Wing Arts Association, he is a professional artist; his work includes commercial and commissioned pieces.

His work will be among items featured at the Winter Art Fair today at Sargent's.

What is your preferred art medium?

Watercolor and acrylics painting and I prefer to work on paper, sometimes on hard board.

Where do you get inspiration?

From the shapes and rhythm of nature. I've been painting landscapes since I was in high school in northern Illinois and always knew I would be an artist, so I have always noticed the different nature shapes. I have been to China to draw inspiration and would like keep expanding the reach of where I go to create work, but if I want to paint, I will just paint.

How long, on average, does each piece take?

That can vary from one hour to one week, depending on piece. Usually the longer painting means preparation leading up to painting. I am continually surprised by results, and enjoy the surprise of the process, sometimes as you paint, you are led away from the original vision.

Do the seasons have an effect on your art?

Yes, absolutely. I like to paints trees and the change of a tree's structure throughout the season is incredible.

Up until now, do you have a standout favorite piece?

My favorite piece is always the next.

Are you currently working on anything new?

I am always currently working on something new. My job is to produce art for people to buy. I prefer to work pieces individually, occasionally there will a few going at the same time.

- compiled by Stacy Bengs, staff writer

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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