November 2000

Congratulations to Daniel!

Daniel McCoy

          I was born in Alhambra, California on March 23, 1952. I am the youngest of four children, with two brothers and a sister. Born into a family blessed with artistic talent, my grandfather on my mother's side was a carpenter and painter, and although I was too young to know him I do own one of his paintings. My mother graduated from Pasadena City College as an art major. She became an accomplished watercolorist and later studied Ikebana floral design, and holds a teacherís certificate as well. My father was a tool-and-die maker, a brilliant mathematician, and had a passion for the Hammond organ. The four of us children grew up exposed to art and music; that influence of our upbringing has shown itself in the fact that we all have a very similar handwriting. This area of California is also a special place because of all the mountains, the desert, the ocean, and of course Disneyland. Knott's Berry Farm and Marineland are also nearby to help fuel the spirit, the imagination, and the wonder in a youngster. The musical side of my life started with guitar and organ lessons when I was in grade school. Later on in my thirties, I studied classical guitar with Paul Mendy in Fort Smith, Arkansas. After high school I took lessons in watercolors from Lester Bonar in San Gabriel, California, and also from William Schimmel in Phoenix, Arizona. This was the extent of the formal training I received, from there I made visits to the library to find books on painting and drawing and spent many hours copying and learning. The greatest influence on my art has come from the masters; I went to museums whenever I could. Leonardo, Rembrandt, Turner, Corot, Van Gogh, N.C. and Andrew Wyeth, are the ones that I admire most and I try to incorporate something I've learned from each of them into my own work. As in other professions that are traditionally referred to as "callings," being an artist isn't something one has a choice about, there is always a "tug," and your life is never entirely your own. History has shown that artists of all disciplines have seldom been able to pull off a successful balance between their life of art and the demands of a day-to-day existence. To the masters of the past I give my thanks for their sacrifices so that their art would live on for all of us. Thank you, Yours, Daniel Visit Daniel's Studio!
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