Daniel Darling


THE CONSTANT VARIABLE


CHAOS


REBIRTH


PORTAL NUMBER TWO


Statement

For me art is a journey of spiritual proportions...a gateway into the metaphysical realities of Presence, time, and space. From here the undercurrent of good and malevolence stream from the recesses of imagination to find themselves present within each brush stroke. I like the sense of things frozen in time, or a particular mood or feeling captured in such a way, that one can use the canvas as a doorway in to this infinite world where time slows, and sensitivities are heightened. From this perspective the true medium of my work is emotion. Every brush stroke creates a particular state of mind and every color evokes a specific type of mood. Sometimes this mood may be positive and lighthearted, and at others it may be dark and foreboding; nevertheless, there is always a spiritual undercurrent that pulls the viewer in to this world to become part of the work itself.

Biography

I have been an artist for as long as I can remember, even at an age when I was too young to really understand what being an artist was all about. As a child I would sit and draw for hours on end, page after page, on anything: old paper bags, note book paper, the walls... At around age nine my parents finally bought me William Alexander paint set...four basic colors, a brush, a pallet knife, and a package of Fredrix canvas boards. It would be from that point that the world of art would come to the fore front of my mind, where I gained that self actualization that this was more than drawing a picture or more than color and contrast. This was in fact an extension of myself...even though it would be several years later that I would realize to what extent.

As a teenager, I would find myself drawn into the world of music...not as a musician but from the artistic perspective of the art work I admired on album covers, as well as the artistic promise conveyed within the music. I was a big fan of Iron Maden, Judas Priest, and many others whose album covers I would spend hours duplicating. It would be from these album covers that I would learn the basic skills of drawing, and later on, form, composition, and color. Music always has been and always will be a central point for my art. Sound scapes of melody and harmony, driving beats and signature changes often times set the tone for color and contrast, which are the corner stone's for evolving the framework of the thought process being pieced together on the canvas. Music helps me to channel the tone or mood of the particular vision which I hope to convey. I don't profess to know or understand from what recesses of the mind these visualizations originate from...other than to say that they are more about mood, or the spatial aspects of the variations of time and space captured in a specific state or form. In time, as this artistic vision evolved in concert with the basic fundamentals of painting, the art itself evolved into a journey of spiritual proportions as I began to understand that painting wasn't something I simply wanted to do, but something I had to do. For me, art is a gateway into the metaphysical realities of Presence, time, and space. From here the undercurrent of good and malevolence stream from the recesses of imagination to find themselves present within each brush stroke. I like the sense of things frozen in time, or a particular mood or feeling captured in such a way, that one can use the canvas as a doorway in to this infinite world where time slows, and sensitivities are heightened. From this perspective the true medium of my work is emotion. Every brush stroke creates a particular state of mind and every color evokes a specific type of mood. Sometimes this mood may be positive and lighthearted, and at others it may be dark and foreboding; nevertheless, there is always a spiritual undercurrent that pulls the viewer in to this world to become part of the work itself.

There would be about a fifteen year period in my life that I laid down my brushes...much to my regret now. Like a lot of "twenty something's" I married, became a marathon runner, had a son who was diagnosed with renal failure, donated a kidney to him, battled chronic rejection, had another son, ruptured two disks in my lower back (hence the end of my marathon days, and the beginning of my days as a cyclist), climbed the corporate ladder, came to trust God, and found Jesus. Certainly nothing unique compared to the hard knocks of life that better people have endured. In fact, I would say this is fairly typical when you consider the scope of one's life, and everything that has to happen to give them...perspective as it were. Even artistic perspective.

But through it all art was never far from my mind. During my recovery period from back surgery, I picked up my brushes again, bought new paint, a few canvases, and spent every day painting for six weeks straight. It would be during this period that I would come to understand that the artistic fire burned hotter than ever, and that the yearning to create...the need to create...was just as engrained in my DNA as my gender. It is part and parcel of what God has created me to be, and part of the inner workings of life driving me to be the person I hope to eventually become.


http://www.dsd-art.com/
E-MAIL: ddarling@lanefurniture.com

Exhibitions:

UCDA, Union County MS

Best in Show; Tallahatchie River Fest

Participant in LPB (Louisiana Public Broadcasting) televised auction...Baton Rouge, LA; 2008, 2009, 2010

Publications:

Country Roads Magazine...Cover; August 2007

Other Representation:

Southern Breeze Gallery; Jackson, MS

Collections:

Transplant Institute, University of Tennessee; Memphis.

Diane Tate Designs; New Albany, MS

Coffee Addict; New Albany, MS


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