Dan Oakleaf has lived in Colorado his whole life, where he explores the back country whenever he can. In 1996, a chance encounter with a mischievous Pine Marten rekindled a schoolboy obsession with drawing. He began his studies with Boulder artist Molly Davis; two years with Molly and he was starting to see real improvement. At this time the same friend who suggested the league, introduced Dan to Denver artist Kevin Weckbach. They immediately hit it off, and Dan started the intense one year comprehensive painting course Kevin offered. Through Kevin's generous teaching style and interaction with other talented students, many of whom were professional artists, the skills all started coming together. Now Dan is painting full time, and still paints with Kevin a couple times a month.