I have been sitting on this secret for two years and let me tell you, there have been times that I was about ready to burst. I wanted to share this information with people for so long, and I really appreciate the editor of A Primitive Place & Country Journal, Kristine Berg Doss, for allowing me to make this announcement.
This feature started two years ago in the spring of 2010. I had just started working for the magazine as a contributing writer, and we were looking for houses to photograph. I had always been a fan of Dan DiPaolo’s work and I had emailed him a couple of times expressing my admiration for the work that he does. To my surprise, he always returned my emails and was always very gracious. I thought that featuring his home would be a wonderful addition to the magazine.
After talking to Kristine about it, I emailed Dan and asked him if he would be interested in having his home in the magazine. He was very interested and he said that he and Jamey Berger who helps Dan run his freelance business, Dan DiPaolo Studios, were in the process of having a 1840s log cabin moved to their property to turn into an art studio. He thought it would be a good idea for me to come and photograph the studio after it was completed. I thought it was a great idea, so we decided to wait to do the feature. Reassembling the log cabin and turning it into an art studio was a very long process. It took Dan and Jamey a little over a year to complete it.
When the studio was completed I made arrangements with Dan to come and photograph his house, studio, and shop, Fried Green Tomatoes, in July of 2011. On a hot July morning, I travelled to Burlington, Wisconsin to do the photo shoot that had been in the making for over a year. I was very nervous when I arrived at the beautiful farm, but was immediately put at ease by Dan and Jamey. They were both so welcoming and gave me access to every part of the farm.
The first hour I was there, I think I was in shock. I could not believe that I had just met an artist who I had admired for so long and I was photographing his farm. The day went by all too quickly. Before I left, I bought a wonderful birdhouse that Dan had for sale in his shop which was made by Rick LaChance. Every time I look at the birdhouse, I am reminded of the wonderful day I spent at Dan and Jamey’s farm.
After I made the eight hour trip home, I probably talked to Jeff nonstop about everything I saw and what a wonderful experience it was. Then I began waiting for the time to come to write the feature that would accompany the pictures that I took. It has been a long process, but the end result is wonderful and I think that you all will really enjoy being invited into this perfectly decorated home, art studio, and shop.
Dan’s homes have been featured in other magazines, but A Primitive Place & Country Journal is the first magazine to ever photograph Dan’s studio. What an amazing honor!
I would like to thank Dan DiPaolo and Jamey Berger for being so gracious and welcoming and allowing me to come and photograph their beautiful farm. I would also like to thank Kristine Berg Doss for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity. It was truly a dream come true.
If you would like to know more about Dan DiPaolo, you can click here to visit his blog. If you have not yet subscribed to A Primitive Place & Country Journal magazine, this is the time to do it. You can get your subscription started by clicking here.
I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peek into Dan's beautiful farm. You can see many more wonderful pictures in the Summer 2012 issue of A Primitive Place & Country Journal magazine.
Dan graciously allowed me to have my picture taken with him. This picture was taken on the front porch of the log cabin that is now home to Dan DiPaolo Studios.
This is the birdhouse that I bought from Dan and Jamey's shop Fried Green Tomatoes. It was made by Rick LaChance. You can visit Rick's website by clicking here.
A view months after my visit, I made this sampler for Dan to put in his art studio.
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