Dakota Finn’s earliest memories involve drawing -always drawing. His Father still recounts in amazement at his natural ability, even as a young boy, to properly render the human figure. Since early youth, supported by the encouragement of his grandmother who painted beside him, Dakota Finn has engaged in an artistic dialogue with his surroundings. For Dakota, art came naturally. It is a gift. And that gift compels him to be the best Artist he can be. Using color, light, and form, his work celebrates the beauty and the poignancy of the seemingly commonplace. Here is an artist who delights in color and shape, whose technique is classically based with a fresh, impressionistic flair, and whose work virtually sings of his personal love affair with life.
Dakota says of his process “Being an artist is doing what comes naturally. My subjects choose me-their patterns and shapes, their sense of rhythm and movement, inspire my creative energy. Pastel and acrylic allow me to capture the immediacy of the experience.”
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dakota graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Landscape Architecture. After college, he attended the Art Students League of Denver, Colorado. There he studied under the tutelage of Ramon Kelly, Doug Dawson, and Kim English, who to this day considers his mentors in the fine art world. After his upbringing in New Mexico, he has made Denver his home and works in his quaint studio with his constant studio companion Penny, his pint-sized yorkiepoo muse. His passion for art is ever-present, his business acumen has cultivated a strong loyal national and local following.
To better know Dakota Finn and his deepest passion, know and enjoy his art. Professionally, Dakota finds that his artistic eye inspires him most of all. “I never know what is going to catch my eye and love that fact as it always keeps my art new and exciting”. Being a full-time professional artist since 2006 his years of painting and perfecting his craft, trusting his eye has taken his art to new levels of expression in areas not only in the realm of representational art but abstract as well. Personally, Dakota feels his attention to his ever-present now inspires him most. He allows whatever is gets his attention at that moment to be his guide to an abundant wonderfully fulfilled and happy journey.