The paint anything guy

Robert Daniels went from doodling in class as a kid to painting in high school. The Oklahoma City artist said, "One thing kind of led to another." He didn't have any formal education in art.

"I just kind of picked it up. I'm self-taught," he said. "After high school I got more serious about it and began painting on a regular basis, going to a few art shows here and there. Then one day I discovered a science fiction convention. Of all things, that's what really got me fired up about being a professional artist."

He continued, "With science fiction, the imagination can open up. You can see things that aren't really there and envision things. I was inspired by people like James Bama, Kelly Friese, Frank Frazetta, people that would now be considered masters of an age back in the 1960s and '70s." Daniels continued from there to work at advancing his art.

"I paint all kinds of things – abstracts, landscapes, seascapes, portraits, science fiction and fantasy, aviation work. There isn't anything I won't paint," he said. "A lot of people sometimes get confused by my work because they'll go into a gallery and they'll see an abstract next to a landscape next to a fantasy piece, next to an airplane piece. I'm the artist people sometimes refer to as the paint anything guy. I'll paint just about anything."

Daniels is currently based in Oklahoma City at the North Gallery and Studios on the north side of the city. "I've been there for several years, really like it, hope to stay there for quite some time," he said.

To see some examples of the "anything" Daniels paints, visit the Graceful Arts Gallery in Alva this month.


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