Title: Springtime, Moraine Park
13 1/2 x 20 1/2"
Weight: 5.0 lbs.
Open Edition Giclee Print on Watercolor Paper.
This scene is looking west toward the Continental Divide from Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park. This area, after an afternoon rainstorm, is absolutely magical! It's Paradise.
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Daniel Dayley began working in watercolor in 1973, and has been attracted to the medium’s luminosity and depth of color ever since. Dayley studied art for several years at the University of Utah and in 1981 he pursued watercolor studies in the Bay Area, where he delighted in painting the wealth of regional scenery. A number of his earlier works are in private collections in northern California. In 1988 Daniel continued his watercolor studies at the Art Students’ league in New York City with Frederick Wong. Over the years, Daniel’s work has been featured in many juried and group shows, including exhibitions at the Salmagundi Club, New York City; OK South Gallery, Miami, Florida; Artspace Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut; Swanson Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, California; and Merritt Gallery, Oakland, California. Daniel’s work has also been displayed in private and corporate collections, including Cresthill Industries, New York City; Prudent Publishing, Ridgefield, New Jersey; and the Peter J. Romano Architectural Firm, Bronxville, New York. From 1992-1998 Daniel worked out of his studio in Valley Cottage, New York where he was a member of the Edward Hopper House in Nyack, New York and the Rockland Center for the Arts in West Nyack, New York. His paintings have been represented by Volkman/Berdow Associates, New York City; Elite Fine Art, Hercules, California, Swanson Fine Art in San Francisco, CA, and Solomon/Lippman in New Rochelle, New York. He has been published by Directional Publishing in Birmingham, Alabama and Art Resources International in Brewster, NY, who sold more than 100,000 of his fine art prints world-wide. He is currently being published by Wendover Art Group in Clearwater, FL. In July ’98 Daniel moved back to the Rocky Mountain region where he grew up. He currently works out of his studio in Boulder, Colorado. His love of mountain scenery has been rekindled and is being expressed with new works of mountain scenes, as well as other scenery of the Western region of America. Daniel is currently represented by Rembrandt Yard Gallery in Boulder, Colorado.
Watercolor forever inspires me with its fluid, luminous qualities. I also find the medium’s unpredictable nature to be delightfully challenging. My work has been greatly influenced by the artists I admire most, namely Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper. My art has also been strongly influenced by Eastern philosophy. I am excited by all kinds of landscapes, including pastoral country settings, urban scenes, coastal scenes, as well as gardens. I am especially inspired currently by the dramatic mountain vistas of Colorado and the Western States region. The attempt to balance detailed, crisp areas with fluid spontaneity presents endless intrigue and challenge. The general goal with any of my paintings is to provide the viewer with a sense of genuine appreciation and wonder – a momentary pause from the fast paced lifestyle of our times. I strive to “lead” the viewer into a painting, to have them feel like they can “taste” the experience of being in the scene. Growing up out West, I learned a great deal about panorama and distance, which influences how I handle space, depth and perspective. Also, the interplay of light and phenomena continually fascinates me. I always try to convey these qualities with the pigment on paper. I generally photograph or sketch a visually stimulating scene with various compositions in mind. The finished drawing is rendered on Arches 300 lb. watercolor paper. I consider this drawing to be quite important to the outcome of the work in order to provide a guideline for proper shapes, proportions, as well as interesting composition and layout on the paper. A series of washes, masking, dry brushing, occasional lifting, and detailing are executed to take the work to completion. Each work is a real process requiring a blend of conceptual intention, intuitive activity with brush water & pigment, a lot of patience, and a lack of hesitation employed in order to render passages during the windows of timing opportunities offered by the wetness on the page. The sequence of events is crucial, typically progressing from top to bottom of the image, from background to foreground, and from light to dark. Winsor & Newton watercolors are used exclusively for high quality, rich color and permanence.
Primarily Self Taught University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, Drawing & Painting classes, 1970-1977 Dharma Art Seminars: NY, NY 1988; San Francisco, CA, 1981; Los Angeles, CA, 1980 Art Students League. New York, NY, 1988
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