My name is Daniel. In the pic, I’m the second best-looking person. The other is my wife, Caroline. Welcome to my personal art site.
Speaking of journey, my path to becoming an artist began many moons ago sitting in church drawing Optimus Prime on a bulletin. I’m not sure what theological impact this had, but I enjoyed friends sitting next to me, transcribing my art onto their bulletin. Best part – we sat like angels during the sermon. Because of this, my artistic thirst was quenched thanks to some parental grace during church.
Private lessons began soon with a sweet lady who made a fantastic glass of lemon-infused Dr. Pepper. She would utilize me as her subject to taste-test many a holiday baked good. Anything I could do to help – and very essential to art education. Beyond that, she taught drawing, the rules of art – that one day we learn to break – oil, and early watercolor.
Eventually, I surpassed her knowledge of watercolor – my passion. I had seen the amazing work of sports artist Daniel M. Smith, and was addicted. What amazing realism. I studied beyond reason, then dove into teaching myself layering, airbrush, shadows and light, and mixing. Loved it. Made my first dollar with the local booster club selling a painting of a high school quarterback.
My name as a young sports artist spread giving me opportunities to meet some swell guys: Will Clark – childhood hero and 1st baseman for the Giants and Rangers, and Nolan Ryan, hall of fame pitcher for the Rangers. With dad’s help, doors opened and prints and commissions sold.
College life hit and as an art major with a social life, work schedule, and commitments to campus activities and church, little time was left to paint. Post college, life moved on and I find myself battling for creative time. A best-friend wife, two active kids, a music passion, and a myriad of chores and friends tend to take priority over painting. But time to paint, draw or design emerges occasionally, and I drink it in with joy and grab a brush or pencil. Portraits, landscapes, doodles, whatever comes my way, I put it on paper.
Thus, you see my need to create this site: express what has been expressed in me. Maybe you’ll see something you like.
Thanks for stopping in.
– Creating joyfully,