Description 'Mountain Sunset-0309' is my third attempt to use watercolor canvas.I have to say that this is perhaps the most challenging of any of the substrates that I have used in painting watercolors.On previous attempts I used taped canvas like watercolor paper and stretched canvas over a frame. This painting was done on watercolor canvas board. Watercolor canvas is stretched and adhered to hard board creating a surface that does not move and wiggle when you try to paint on it.By far this has given me the most control to date.As for the painting the sky makes a great counterpoint to the mountains, rolling hills and lake as sunset approaches.I was quite happy with the atmospheric perspective in this painting.This painting was created over a period of about 9 months and represents roughly 50 man-hours of work, not counting drying time.I have one more piece of watercolor canvas board left. I wonder what I will torture myself with next . . .
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.