VISUAL VOICES: AN INTERVIEW WITH DARA DANIEL

What are the core and fundamental themes and concepts of your art?

 Nature is the inspiration and departure for my paintings. I enjoy painting my impressions of a variety of nature’s subject like fields of flowers, vineyards, marshes, trees, birds, and horses. My primary goal for all my paintings is not to imitate nature but instead express my visceral connection and love for nature and the life within. In other words, it is my goal to bring life into my paintings lyrically and poetically. And, although I embrace representing my subjects, I am more interested in pushing my art to the abstract.

 

How closely do these ideas relate to your creative process and the actual act of creating the art itself?

 I simplify my compositions to create balance and arrange elements to achieve visual harmony, and use bold often contrasting colors to create mood and emotion. My process is intuitive and often playful. I allow accidents to happen if it brings something unexpected and exciting to a painting. Ultimately, as each piece evolves and comes to fruition, they become less about my subjects and more about the materials and paint I employ. I see my subjects as angles, curves and the abstract elements that create a form relative to perspective. Here is a quote by Lucian Freud that rings true for me: “the longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes and ironically, the more real.”

 

Which artists, designers, creators (past or present) are you inspired and influenced by?

 During my college years, I studied Art History at length and learned that each art movement is like stepping stones bringing us to where we are today. I love the impressionist and Fauvist for their color theories and often exquisite paintings. Then there is the expressionist who was all about the idea that art is about conveying inner feelings and emotion and love all that too. Also, I appreciate the minimalist movement that reduces everything to bare essentials and drawn to the works of many of the minimalist landscape painters of today. I feel I absorbed so much art and much in a subconscious way and this knowledge manifest itself in my artwork whether I am thinking about these concepts or not. Still today I am always looking at other artist’s work and continually amazed at the inventive ideas of many contemporary artists. Keeping up with what is current is inspirational and helps me to push my artwork to new levels. But, I feel that my most deep impression of the aesthetics of art indeed comes from the philosophy behind classical art and purity of form and idea of beauty, and this is what drives me to create.

 

An artist of powerful creative voice and message, what do you wish to communicate to your audience? 


  Beauty, soulfulness, peace, and joy.

 

Creatively, professionally and in all aspects of being an artist, what are your goals for your upcoming works and art?

  

More exposure and sales. I have much gratitude for my collectors who love my art and connect to my paintings on an emotional level, and I want to keep painting. Right now I am a part-time artist but would eventually like to paint full-time. Also, I want to continue to challenge myself, to grow and to try new techniques and continue to experiment.
 

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