Dale Knaak was born in Sheboygan, Wi. He moved to Milwaukee to study art. He lived in Milwaukee for 10 years, where he received the basis of his art training. After obtaining a degree in Commercial Art, he studied painting and drawing for 5 years with the late James Prohl of Atelier Prohl. Knaak is a realist painter creatingartwork from his Sheboygan studio. He prefers to paint what he knows and experiences on a personal level. His works are a product of inspiration, exposing what is unique and beautiful from what is often perceived as ordinary or mundane. Working in either oil or acrylic paints has afforded him a level of confidence in both mediums. Without concentrating on one genre or subject matter, he depicts images from the times we live in. Taking pleasure from reinventing color and composition to suit his personal preference and not adhering too closely to “the rules” provides room for experiments, interpretation and new discoveries. Knaak has work in collections for the American Family Insurance Corporate Headquarters, University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospitals and Clinics, Johnsonville Sausage World Headquarters, Blue Harbor Resort and Hotel, McDonald’s Corporation and private collections. Currently, he maintains a full-time art studio in the EBCO Artworks building. He divides his time between personal painting, commissioned works, and commercial mural projects.