David Daniels earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University in
Mt. Pleasant in 1970. From a young age he loved nature, and looked to it for what he
still considers an “inexhaustible supply of ideas.” This fascination with nature led to his
formal training in botany and biology. Although he knows his paintings would never be
considered photorealistic, his scientific studies continue to influence his work. He makes
great efforts to represent his subjects as anatomically and botanically correct.
In 1982 he earned a Master of Art degree, again from Central Michigan University. After
15 years of teaching in the Michigan public school system, he moved to Washington,
D.C. to pursue an art career.
David’s work has been selected numerous times for solo exhibitions in Michigan and the
Washington, D.C. metro area and his paintings are in many private and public
collections around the world, including the National Institutes of Health. He has been the
recipient of Best of Show awards from organizations such as the Capitol Hill Art League
and the Washington Watercolor Association, and was inducted into Who’s Who in
American Art in 2005. In addition to being a full-time artist, he teaches watercolor
painting at the Smithsonian and conducts workshops throughout the United States and
David was the art director for the Boat House Art School of Washington, D.C. for two
years, volunteered as a docent at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and
has demonstrated his style of painting on cable TV. His work has been featured in
numerous books and periodicals and his interactive approach to teaching has made
him a sought-after workshop instructor. After more than 30 years of painting, his
continuing experimentation with the medium has resulted in depictions such as, “The
New Face of Watercolor” (Watercolor Magazine, Fall 2004) and his paintings are said
to look like no other watercolor you have seen. His website is www.mrwatercolor.com.