Ambassador of the Week: Dan Finnell

Meet Dan Finnell, this week’s top American Watercolor Weekly Ambassador!

“As a licensed architect turned watercolor artist following a move to the midwest back in 2017, I carry a rapidly expanding portfolio of varied talents and accomplishments. The improvisation in each painting commands a respect for the medium and its ever changing characteristics that when successful leave behind a visible emotion on the paper.”

“AUMAKUA – Hawaiian mythology for a deified ancestor or aka spirit animal. A symbiotic relationship exists between a person and their aumakua and you have more than one. The appearance of one in the course of your day or dreams is often believed to be a sign of good luck. Highlighted by Daniel Smith Watercolors Instagram page.”


“SUNSET REST – This moment of peace was captured at sunset on my first trip to Maui in September of 2015. Just off the road to Hana is Ho’okipa Beach Park, known for its surfing and the evening gatherings of sea turtles.”


“KAPALULA BAY SURF SHACK – The beaches along the north shore of Maui are a little more remote and a little more intimate. On a weekday you might be lucky enough to find some of them almost empty.”

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Kelly Kane
PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.


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