It was a day in early summer and I was scratching my head about what to set up for Summer and Fall projects when my wife suggested that I actually paint something Fall-like.
So I'm sitting there still scratching my head because I didn't have any good references of Fall items in this day and age where we progress from the Fourth of July straight into Christmas.
As chance might have it I had some Indian corn in the shed from the past season that I had meant to feed to the chickens. I remembered the old rustic wood storage shed and the sawmill that was on my parents property.
Once upon a time people used Indian corn as a decoration and it didn't look tacky. Much like having a popcorn and cranberry garland on a real tree at Christmas, rather than plastic and aluminum.
So 'Indian Corn -08/2005' is dedicated to a time that was better in some ways lest we forget the joy of creating our own festive ornamentation from the items we have at hand.
Daniel comes from a line of craftsman artists and as a child he was exposed to a different kind of life. He lived in a rural area in upstate New York. With his father being a well known, and sought after, gunsmith specific to the making of muzzle loading barrels they attended a lot of rendezvous. As such, Daniel was exposed to and participated in blacksmithing, knife throwing, target shooting, the art of scrimshaw, and more.
While in college majoring in geological engineering, Daniel began sketching and drawing, building on the scrimshaw work he had done as a child. He also began to make copper jewelry for the local renaissance recreation group using some of his understanding of metal work from his blacksmithing. These would prove useful in his post-college years when he would later transition into lapidary. Eventually Dan found he still had an interest to paint, the experience being quite cathartic and enjoyable, and picked up water colors as a re-starting point.
All the many disparate skills Dan acquired over the years found their way into his paintings. Never willing to settle, Daniel pushed the limits of his technique using different paints, inks, stains, papers, and a variety of painting styles. One of the things he is known for is the nearly three dimensional quality of some of his paintings.
Today, Daniel teaches watercolor painting. In addition, his watercolor prints are available in both physical and virtual galleries.