Piece description from the artist
On a cold and overcast day in early December, a few snow flurries drift in the air. A family of white tailed deer travel through the North American wilderness and have come to a wide field. The father, a buck with huge antlers stands tall scanning the clearing. One of the fawns mimics him looking off in another direction. Meanwhile, the doe looks at the other young deer who frolics in the grass and approaches his mother as if to ask: "Are we there yet?".
I was hiking in along a private neighborhood trail a few days ago (December of 2020) in the mountains a few hours north of Atlanta. Georgia Decembers can be a little weird weather-wise with one day being warm enough to wear shorts, the next being cold enough to snow. It was sprinkling slightly for my walk, but it was chilly enough to wonder if it would snow in the next day or two. The end of the trail opens up into a grassy clearing. When I got there, I found about a dozen deer milling about. They noticed me pretty quickly and took off into the woods on the far side. the encounter gave me the the idea to make this artwork.
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.