Piece description from the artist
It started as a pleasant walk over grassy hills on a sunny day. A horse has gotten loose, but there is little to worry about, it hasn't been gone long and will likely be nearby between a few green hills.
She finds the horse, but it takes a bit longer than expected. The horse has wandered further than she thought. By the time she finds the wayward draft horse the skies have turned. What started as a dark spot on the horizon has turned into a menacing cloud bank.
The wind picks up as thunder heralds the approaching storm. As she leads the horse home, the skies become ever more violent, the wind loud and howling. Lightning forks through the skies. Then, quiet at first, but growing louder comes an ever present roar.
She turns to look, the horse, too, circling gazes back at the source of the sound. As if reaching down with a hand to tear up the earth below it, the dark funnel of a tornado descends. It's as if the sky has grown angry and strikes out at the Earth.
To create this image, I used a variety of software tools for 3D rendering as well as digital painting. My main goal in making this was to create a really wild sky. The woman and the horse I added mostly to show the effects of the wind, but also to look back into the scene along with the you, the viewer and to make you feel a bit more like you are there in the scene with them.
Thanks for looking,
Daniel is a forty-something living in the Metro-Atlanta area, and he is one of the few people who was actually born and raised there. He is also married and has two sons and a daughter. By day, he works as software engineer at a small company. By night he is an artist producing realist works depicting scenes of American wildlife, farm animals, fantasy scenes, extinct animals, and images of the "American Wild West":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Frontier.
Daniel has dual degrees in computer science and fine art from the University of Georgia. Given his education, it would seem only natural for him to combine the two by producing art using a computer. Daniel practices a new form of art called "3D Rendering":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_rendering, a form of virtual sculpting with a computer. This form of art is utilized by film studios for special effects as well as animated movies, but it can be used to make stills as well. "Check out this video of Daniel creating a 3D rendering!":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvoSvRhYPr4
Daniel’s interest in art began when he was young. As a fan of science fiction and fantasy novels, he became particularly interested in the works of the illustrators that appeared on the covers, such as "Frank Frazetta":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Frazetta and "Michael Whelan":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Whelan. In college, he discovered the work of the "French Realists":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realism_(arts), the "Pre-Raphaelites":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Raphaelite_Brotherhood, and the "Hudson River School":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River_School, which further influenced him and put his work on a course where nature was the dominant theme.