Monday, April 4, 2016

Spotlight on Daniel (Danny) Grant, Texas Top Ten 2016

"Big Dreams", 10"x 13", Oil on Linen

Name: Daniel Grant             
Current City: Austin, TX 

1) When and how did you first become seriously interested in Art? 
I loved to draw when I was young and was influenced by my grandmother who took up painting later in life. However, I didn't take art seriously or consider it as a career option until after high school when I enrolled in a drawing class at my local junior college. I was strongly encouraged by my professor to continue, and realized I had the love for it.  

2) What is your training, and what medium(s) / subject matter do you work in?
I trained at Jacob Collins' Water Street Atelier. I paint in oil and paint mostly still lifes and portraits. 

3) What do you try to express in your work? 
I try to paint and capture the way light describes different forms and textures. Above all, I want my paintings to be beautiful and spiritually uplifting.

4) What artists/professionals have been your biggest influences? 
There are a ton of artists I admire and who have influenced my work. I love Jacob Collins' paintings, Scott Waddell, Douglas Flynt to name a few. I love Ayn Rand's ideas and writing. Jeff Buckley might be my favorite musician.

5) What do you do to gain new inspiration for your work? 
I find other works of art to be very inspirational. Many times I will get an idea or insight from something I've read or movie I've watched. 

6) What would you like to be doing with your art ten years from now
I'd like to be painting more private commissions and making 10 times more money. 

7) Do you set goals for yourself concerning the making of your art?
I do. Although, I'm not great at meeting self-imposed deadlines. I have set the goal of making three particular paintings this year that I have been wanting to make for a while. I'm 1/3 of the way there, so far. 

8) Are you happy with your job choice as an artist? Do you have any regrets in this career choice or things you would have done differently? 
I am very happy with my choice to be an artist. I have no regrets other than I wish I would have known where to get the best training sooner.  

9) Any fun or interesting facts about yourself that you'd like to share?
Last year I started a podcast where I interview other artists to get a glimpse of their daily lives as professional artists. It's called The Studio and you can listen/download on my website: or subscribe on iTunes (search Danny Grant The Studio).

10) Best piece of advice for other artists?
Paint what you love.

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