A well-known contemporary artist Daniel J. Yeomans was born in Bedford in 1986 and studied at the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence. Exactly there he instilled the healthy competition to master his skills and create the art that will show his inner world. The sight-size technique Daniel J. Yeomans makes his portraits with resembles one of the renaissance era painters.
What forced him to go beyond the Charles Cecil studios techniques is the understanding that he wants to paint a larger composition that the school environment simply couldn’t provide. That’s how Daniel started his own successful path and opened a studio in Montgomeryshire.
It’s worth mentioning that Yeomans takes commissions for his works and those works are meant to be passed through many generations.
“I let life take a huge part in my brushwork,” he explained in an interview. “Each stroke, the direction, the color, how thick the paint is – it’s all a response to what is going on around me. If there’s no movement around me, no life, if all of it is still, my work immediately loses its vibrant qualities.” He grabs inspiration from different types of art if they are clever and unconventional. Modern art means constant movement and experiment.
But Daniel doesn’t paint only large-size paintings — his smallest piece of art is about 40 x 30 cm. Recently, he had a new exposition called “North to South; A Very Welsh Exhibition” which literally pushed him out of his comfort zone. The reason is the artist wanted to push the boundaries of what people think is classical art. He combined his classical approach with his wide creativity and created an absolutely new direction that evokes the feeling of falling while viewing the painting.
Besides being a portrait specialist, Yeomans travels a lot, looking for spots for his plein air works. Some of those are parts of private collections throughout the world. “For the most part I spend my energy creating art that is available for public,” he explained. “Of course it is important to get paid as an artist, just like to anyone else doing their job, but the initial point of your work should be your own pleasure.”
Yeomans says those kinds of works he makes for himself are the ones that broaden his view on the whole painting thing and help him grow artistically. “Sometimes I implement those new things I find and they don’t always work out, but that’s ok, that’s the part of the whole process.”