any artist and he will tell you: in leisure painting is
peace; in profession it's pain. Either can be true as
well; really it just depends on the mood of the day.
Born in 1973, and for every year since, Daniel Porter has
had not only the desire but the God-given ability to create.
A painter by the age of 9, Daniel was always compelled to
put his world down on paper. Fascinated by color & movement,
the young artist struggled to find himself through his illustrations,
often distracted by the talented works of other great artists
and the problem of just how to capture his own veiw of the
world. Having been trained early in life, Daniel has been
primarily a trial-by-fire, self-taught wanna-be.
By and by, after a rocky road through the academics of his
schooling, Daniel ventured into a small business venture,
marketing a line of his own limited edition prints to a hungry
giftware market. Country folk art was the flavor of the day;
but the subject was one that, while popular, wasn't destined
to sit on the palate for long.
From 1993 to 2000, Daniel played to a mass market audience,
selling some 100,000 framed prints worldwide. While this experience
taught him much by way of business, it was clear to him it
was simply a means to an end and a way to earn a living, all
the while allowing him to work in the field of art -- and
Though he was in the art world, all the while he imagined
the day when he could work exclusively in the field of sporting
art. Always an outdoorsman, Daniel has spent much of his life
afield. An upland hunter and consumate salmon angler by the
age of 12, these are the experiences that now consume his
works. It is this blend of art and authentic experience that
brings you into some of the powerful scenes he now lays down
in his subjects -- an afternoonon the back of an old farm
for grouse, or an evening on the river in pursuit of some
trout or salmon.
Daniel's influences prompted change and subsequently have
changed over the years. He attributes the journey to learning
what embodies a true work of art, recognizing that it can
vary somewhat from person to person. It is primarily motion
that captivates his mind: "I just think that to be simple
and clean in your approach to a painting and still be able
to create a sense of movement and energy on paper is the height
of creative power, moving away from static imagery that renders
an otherwise fine work of art to be nothing more than an overworked
photograph. This is paramount to my success with any piece."
Winslow Homer, A. Lassell Ripley, Chet Reneson and Ogden M.
Pliessner are a few of the masters of the genre that Daniel
aspires to emulate through his works. While time and
ability will reveal whether or not he reaches the heights
of these men as an artist, it likely won't bother the artist
to wait and see. Always in the field, it is never hard for
him to enjoy the pursuits of the sporting life and the task
of documenting it all on paper. To this end it is his sincerest
wish that all who view his works will see and understand his
language of art a little more clearly.
All these things that he now turns out at his Fredericton
studio, Daniel has shown his work worldwide and continues
to do so through galleries and fine sporting art publications.
He is a regular of many conservation auctions, always helping
in the efforts of the various agencies Recently he was made
a life member of the Miramichi Salmon Association, thanks
to the sale of his works both in Canada and the United States.
not in the studio, Daniel works the front part of his studio,
where he deals in framing and conservation of fine art and
related things, dealing with a fine group of private clients
and museums. His handiwork in this field have earned him respect
abroad as a conservator and an authority in this field.