A year out of high school I enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer. About a year later Sep. 11th, 2001 happened and I was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. After my enlistment ended I switched gears and decided not to pursue a career in law enforcement, instead I enrolled as a full-time student at The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. After a couple semesters I transferred to UW - Milwaukee and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts:  Print and Narrative Form.

Since then I found a career etching headstones for monument companies throughout Wisconsin. When not etching headstones I stay home with my kids. When I’m not etching or with the kids I work on making art; generally consisting of printing linoleum blocks and repurposing salvaged bricks. My work is heavily influenced by time spent working on tombstones and time in service. I explore ideas of home, calm, and civility. Usually with a touch of hope, humor - or despair. Feel free to reach out. Contact.


Illustration. Printmaking. Brick Work
Milwaukee, WI
email: contact@danatkinsonworks.com


The Waxwing   /   Eastside, Milwaukee


June 1 - Milwaukee Makers Market - Bay View Gallery Night 5pm - 10pm

June 2 - Tosa Makers/Farmers Market

June 23-24 - Cedarburg Strawberry Festival

July 7 - Tosa Makers/Farmers Market

Aug 4-5 - Firefly Art Fair, Wauwatosa


Solo exhibits:

2017 Gallery night, Historic Mil. INC, Milwaukee, WI

2016 Prints & Bricks, Rogues Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Group exhibits:

2017 Manicured Nature, Var Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2017 Gallery night, Gallery 326, Milwaukee, WI

2016 30X30X30, Var Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2013 Print/mke, Southern Graphics International, Milwaukee, WI

2013 15th Anniversary pop-up, Milwaukee Empty Bowls, Milwaukee WI

2010 Beyond the canvas, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, Milwaukee WI


Linoleum prints, also called linocut is a form of printmaking where a print is pulled from a carved sheet of linoleum. Basically a hand carved stamp. Every print is a handmade original, numbered and signed. 



The bricks are salvaged from demolition sites, old chimneys, abandoned houses, and neighborhood basements.

Cream city bricks history - Produced in Milwaukee, cream city bricks were the desired and abundant building materials during the late 1800's. A creamy, light yellow brick, made from clay found in the Menomonee River Valley - Southwest bank of Lake Michigan. These bricks became a major export for Milwaukee. The city built so many of its homes and business using these bricks, Milwaukee, WI became known as The Cream City.

Chicago pink bricks history - Also known as Chicago common brick; reclaimed from demolition sites. Also known as "Old Chicago" brick, these are natural clay bricks made in the Chicago area from the late 1800's up until the early 1970's. They come in varying tones of pink and buff, but the general hue is usually a terra-cotta color ranging from light to medium pink or salmon color, sometimes with highlights of gold, yellow or even flecks of black. - Vintage Brick Salvage