Piece description from the artist
A dark undead knight on a spectral mount faces off against a bright fairy queen. The deathknight known as The Lord of Winter raises his cold hammer to strike, but the faerie Queen of Spring counters with a fiery burst of magic from her staff. Meanwhile, the elements themselves around them seem to be in conflict.
Here in Atlanta, the change from winter to spring can be kind of strange. Sometimes the winter can hold on until the end of April, but often spring wins out in early March. It can vary quite a bit day to day here. For instance, yesterday it was 80 degrees Fahrenheit (~27 Celsius) when I did my daily jog at noon. Just a week ago, it was 40 (~4 Celsius). The week before that, 75. It's always as if winter and spring fight with one another this time of year. So I decided to create a work that visualized that struggle.
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.