Crestview High School graduate takes up his paintbrushes again

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 14:35 PM.

"She likes traditional African painting, kind of like black tribal-style painting," Daniel said. "I did a tribal angel for her before so I know what she likes."

While the dancers were a departure from his usual style, the menacing gaze of an alligator's eye peering from murky gray waters typifies the natural subjects Daniel loves to capture in minute detail.

Painting in oils lets him execute it with his eye for detail, yet provides versatility to make slight revisions not possible once ink hits drawing paper.

"I like oils a lot better than acrylic," Daniel said. "It's a lot easier to work with."

Landing somewhere between the abstract of the dancers and the detail of the gator is his recent painting of a goose flapping its wings, in which Daniel played with a feathery, soft style.

"I'm not looking to do the same style in every painting ... it gets old after a while, doing the same thing over and over again," Daniel said. "I try to change it up a little bit."

While Daniel's inspiration leads him to diverse source material — often donated back issues of National Geographic —real life is inclining him toward a career in the U.S. Coast Guard.



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