“Wow, look at those teeth!, Mom come see the teeth that Danny drew!” I was about 5 when my oldest brother called me out. When you are the middle child of what grew to be 11, you looked for ways to stand out or become part of the wallpaper. And so began my initial interest in art.
I was somebody. With imagination, I drew whatever effected me. Sometimes I even got to use unlined paper! I remember spending months drawing images of John Kennedy after the assassination, and marveled at Norman Rockwell depictions. I drew the “Draw the Pirate” from ads promoting a correspondence art school.
But I always pushed back against the artist preconceived image of the beret, smock and goatee. I never wanted to call attention to myself. And life didn’t seem to be about aesthetics, practicality, yard work, polishing my Dad's shoes and carrying out the garbage was more the rule.
I have been fortunate to have been recognized in juried shows, won national awards and very importantly met incredible artists. Currently I am a signature member in the Kentucky Watercolor Society but lately I concentrate on oils and I'm in the Oil Painters of America Association. I have been reunited with Quang Ho, an internationally successful painter and friend who I went to school with in Colorado. He continues to be a great support.
I am also inspired by artists, Richard Schmid, David Leffel, CW Mundy, Daniel Keys, T.C. Steele, John Singer Sargent, Carolyn Anderson, John Micheal Carter, Lori Putnam, Daniel Gerhartz, Scott Christensen, JH Twatchman, Andrew Wyeth, Diana Hutchinson and so many others including the genius work of Bernie Fuchs.
Thank you for your interest, I hope something I paint effects you in the same way as I intended. I like many subjects, mostly those in our everyday lives that are often less noticed, but when we stop and look, their full importance is more appreciated. There are great visions ahead to share and rich untapped pools to jump in! You can’t just get your feet wet, you need to submerge your soul if it’s worth pursuing.
Art has the power to make us feel happy. An artist’s pursuit is a unique experience in it’s solitude and courage. I would have liked to have originated the sentiment below and I keep it as a reminder in my studio. Written by one of my favorite living artists, it describes my own purpose and reflects the true appreciation in my heart. “Somewhere within all of us there is a wordless center, a part of us that hopes to be immortal in someway, a part that has remained unchanged since we were children, the source of our strength and compassion. This faint confluence of the tangible and the spiritual is where Art comes from. It has no known limits, and once you tap into it, you will realize what truly rich choices you have.
May every painting you do from that sacred place include an expression of gratitude for the extraordinary privilege of being an artist…” Thank you Richard Schmid