Have you ever been on the verge of falling asleep and had a series of flashes of faces and events from your day. Sometimes you might have a flash of something unrelated. That is where Organic - 08/2005 finds its roots.
I try to keep a pencil and a sketchbook near the bed or in my living room to jot down rough sketches of interesting things or ideas that might arise from my dream state. If you dont do the sketch right away you will probably loose the image by morning.
During my waking hours the sketches from my thoughts are often driven toward geometric designs, but my dream images tend to be far less harsh more organic in nature.
Truthfully, I dont know what in my subconscious prompted this image, which actually played out like a little movie for a brief instant. In the frame was my happy group of spiky balls just drifting along in this dark stream with nebulae like formations in the background. Then the dark tendrils entered from the left side to ensnare the little spiky balls. What happened after that, cant say. Thats when I pulled myself out of light sleep and started sketching before the memory faded.
Fortunately with the sketch I am able to access that memory well enough to create a painting. This kind of painting pretty much paints itself. It requires little pencil sketching on the watercolor paper once you have worked out what is going to happen in the painting and you determine what depth certain elements are in relation to one another.
One nice thing about Organic - 08/2005 is that you can hang the picture in any direction given that there is no solid frame of reference for up, down, left, or right.
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.