Daniel McKinley

Daniel McKinley

Could you please introduce yourself and tell us how you started in the arts? and your first experience in art making?

I started in the arts because I was never satisfied with the real world. I have always felt that there was more, under yet,we are thought to settle. We are limited in our thoughts. I found that art was my only escape.

How would you describe yourself and your artwork?

And So my work will take you on a journey. If you look at it long enough, you will see something that you haven’t seen before.My goal is to challenge the viewer to think about what they are seeing. To create there own story.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from my passion for the creative process.  We are all capable to accomplish great things. And yet we limit ourselves. My inspiration starts with an empty canvas, and the unlimited possibilities.

What emotions do you hope the viewers experience when looking at your art? 

What I wish the viewer to see in my paintings. I do not want the viewer to ask themselves “what was the artist thinking?” I want them to ask themselves “how does this make me feel?”

When do you know that an artwork is finished ?

 Sometimes, the hardest part about painting is to know when to let go. If I find myself re-working the same areas of the paintings, I will put it aside somewhere in my studio where I can see it . I will give myself one month while I start another painting. If I make no changes after the month is over, then it Is done. 

What has been the most exciting moment in your art career so far? 

I cannot narrow down the most exciting moment, as I am always excited. When I start and finish a work. My most exciting moments are when my work is shown, and when someone sees something in my work that I never thought of. When I learn about myself through from someone else’s eyes.

How long does it take to produce one work?

Depending upon the size if the painting, it takes two to five weeks to finish a project. I paint in layers, with slow drying time, so I am usually painting canvases at a time. 

What exciting projects are you working on right now? Can you share some of the future plans for your artworks? 

My latest projects are dealing with the dichotomy of inner and outer space. We spend time confined in our housed environments, and then we go outside thinking that we are free. In realty, we are still confined. My latest paintings deal with the merging of the two.

Do you have any upcoming events or exhibitions we should know about? 

I have nothing scheduled at the moment,as I am concentrating on my new work.

Where do you see your art going in five years?

My ultimate goal is a solo show. .

Email: dnlmckinley@gmail.com

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