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Meet Nathan Daniel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nathan Daniel.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a mixed media artist who lives and works in San Diego, California. I was born in 1988 in Baghdad, Iraq. In 1990, my family was forced to leave Iraq to escape our probable demise from the Iran-Iraq and Gulf Wars, losing our home, businesses, family memories and had to start a new life.

In hopes of attaining the “American Dream,” my father worked 80 hours per week to support the family while saving for a home. In 2000, after a decade of hard work, my father purchased his first home.

My father suddenly passed away on July 11, 2018. From there, my deeper interest in Art started. Several months after his death, I saw art in a new light. I was able to express grief in processing his death through art.

Capturing light and movement through art is my passion. I use acrylic paints, resin, pigments and other substrates. My work is an artistic exploration of natural forms on Earth and our Universe. Furthermore, my work illustrates the connection between spirituality, ancient philosophies and modern science creating a unique and vibrant visualization.

I mirror the parallels in the Universe, bridging the invisible and visible, and light and darkness, using color, form, and space. I work with organic shapes representing the transformative properties of coherence and movement.

Has it been a smooth road?
What’s Ironic it’s that it’s both a smooth road and a struggle. Resin art it can be a very sticky subject. Literally! I primarily use epoxy resin (VOC free) as a medium, which is a sticky substance that dries quickly with limited working time. Therefore, I have to be extremely organized and have all my tools, pigments, paints, and mediums ready to go. My highly detailed process is uniquely similar to a scientific experiment. I also use industrial blow torches and heat guns to develop pigment colors and texture. Each art piece takes several weeks to complete, as each layer must fully cure before I can proceed. In turn, this makes it very time consuming but satisfying once completed. Beautiful things take time to create and I enjoy observing the artwork evolve as I work layer upon layer. Often, when you create art, you switch the idea halfway through and it usually will turn out amazing.

Please tell us more about your art.
Nathan Daniel – Fine Art was created to bring joy and happiness to others through art. My series of work explores a wide range of natural themes, including Geodes, the Ocean, the cosmos & abstract pieces. I also enjoy exploring the connection between art and holistic wellness, I incorporate the healing aspects of semi-precious stones, color and form. When creating art, I aim to elicit an overwhelming emotional response of contentment and well-being for the observer.

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