See Dan Paint (aka Dan Smith) was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He received both a BFA in Painting and a MAEd in Art Education from the University of Georgia. Spontaneous Monsterfication is a technique Smith developed that utilizes spontaneously painted cartoonish and monsterish faces to enhance spaces through a jigsaw arrangement of shapes and faces. His art continues to be influenced by the Saturday morning cartoons of his childhood, punk rock culture, and the art of skateboards. After teaching Art in elementary and high schools for twenty years, he is now the Fine Arts and Physical Education Curriculum Coordinator at the Clarke County School District. In his spare time, he is also a PhD candidate in Art Education at the University of Georgia. His research has evolved from framing an understanding of dual careers as an artist-teacher through art-based research to considering data in a post-qualitative paradigm drawing on affect theory and the DIY punk aesthetics of the everyday.
My art is tied to a personal, hierologlyphical, mythological, pseudo-historical account of my becoming an artist-teacher-skateboarder-punk rocker-father-etc. I approach varied spaces (quadrants, strips, stripes, etc.) through the process of spontaneous monsterfication, where spaces are enhanced through the application of monsterfied space. I am intrigued by the quests we take in our lives and I have found Moby Dick as an archetypal vision of questing.