Piece description from the artist
Emerging from the darkness and fog, three figures in black coats, dark hats, and white beaked masks approach. They may look like nightmares, but these are plague doctors. They're here to help…right? The leader of the three holds a bright lantern in one hand and a strange looking cane in the other. For doctors, they seem to oddly resemble the grim reaper. 3D Rendering
Plague Doctors where Medieval and Renaissance physicians who treated victims of the black death and other outbreaks of plagues (particularly the bubonic plague). They generally
consisted of somewhat second rate doctors and were more used to determine numbers of infected rather than to actually cure people.
Though they were around for centuries before, the costume they wore was invented in the 17th century. The mask was to protect them and had glass eyes and a beak that would be filled with herbs, straw and spices. They would often carry canes that would allow them to examine patients from a bit of distance.
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.