Dan Nelson was born in Massachusetts in 1972. In his early years, he worked primarily with unpainted wooden blocks, moving on at age five to photography. After a teenage period of reading Jean Cocteau, dyeing his hair, taking more photographs, and drumming in the basement, he attended Saint John’s College. He then became a sailor, visiting several countries on various continents whose shores are lapped by several oceans. He returned to the U.S. to become a photojournalist in 1999, and again donned the mantle of artist after a ten-year hiatus. In 2002 he moved to California in a sedan, pausing in Indiana to pick up a drum set. His current art projects include illustrations for a Schubert song cycle and “140 Ways to Make a Cassette Unlistenable.”