Artist Interview with Dara Daniel

Artist Interview with Dara Daniel

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Welcome to AllArtWorks Featured Artist Series!


1. What other profession is similar to being an artist and why?

I am a gardener and an artist and find them similar as a profession. Because for both, the goal is to create and nurture something beautiful with the materials you have available. Mother Nature, of course, is far superior in beauty to anything artificial.


2. What’s the nicest thing you can remember someone said about your work, or an individual piece?

Just this year, someone told me that the more they look at the painting they purchased from me a couple of years ago, the more they love it.


3. What’s one thing you’d like everyone to know about you as an artist?

I need to be an artist for my soul, not just because I like it or think it is fun. Being an artist is not always fun or easy.
4. What was the last piece of art that you saw that blew you away?

I am still in awe of Jackson Pollock's work. His paintings are essential regarding the breakthrough into true Expressionism. To this day, his work's emotion, depth, and raw beauty blow my mind. After Pollock, no other drip paintings since had the same impact on me.


5. What’s something you haven’t done but you want to do in art/painting?

I would love to create a bunch of big canvases in a gestural, physical expressionistic style and make a mess in an ample studio space.


6. Which artist do you like better - Ingres or Delacroix, and why?*

I find Ingres's work pleasing to the eye and enjoy the simple classical lines and bold shapes he used to create beautiful forms. And although brilliant and evocative, Delacroix's paintings are too dark and have too much chaos going on visually.

*The reason we ask about Delacroix and Ingres is because they were contemporaries with wildly different styles!