Piece description from the artist
In a flooded world, one tiny island remains, alone amongst an endless sea. Waves crash against it, yet it withstands the ocean's assault. On it, a few rocks lay among a bit of grass and one solitary very gnarled old oak tree. Upon one of the rocks sits a tiny grey Persian cat looking up at the puffy clouds that drift lazily through the sky. It would likely be quite lonely, but perhaps the cat enjoys the solitude (I have a couple of Persians and they can be a bit antisocial at times).
Though it comes off as some sort of global warming/environmentalist statement warning, this really was little more than doodle I began just before going on my beach vacation. The ocean being predominantly on my mind, this artwork started out as a seascape with some cumulonimbus clouds, but that was a bit dull. I decided to add a beach and I could not find a shoreline that worked for me so it turned into a unique rocky little island. I added the little cat as more of an afterthought.
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.