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Name: Daniel W. Green
Medium: Oil & acrylic paint
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Daniel Green accredits his success in painting to his determination.
“If I got discouraged every time I was let down, I would have quit a long time ago,” Green says. “I just kept going.”
Green is an emerging artist who decided to pick up a paint brush as a way to release excess tension five years ago, and he hasn’t put it down since. His Hilbert home’s extra kitchen makes a perfect studio for Green. He keeps it decorated with motivational quotes including an ironic “Top 10 Ways to be Miserable as an Artist” list.
“Motivation is very important,” Green says. “Don’t worry so much about what other people think.”
Green, who is usually working on three or four projects at a time, enjoys having multiple items to labor on as a way to keep himself stimulated and continuously challenged.
“I get nervous when everything is completed,” he says. “I’m stable when I have many things going on.”
The subjects of his paintings come from a broad range of inspirations and are the result of an inquisitive eye.
“For instance the red [of a] stop light may strike me in a way that will make me want to express its depth and beauty,” Green says.
The Lincoln Project, which will be on display at the Appleton Public Library in February, is a collection of paintings Green decided to create after obtaining a vintage book about one of our most monumental presidents, Abraham Lincoln.
“I want to show the many faces of Lincoln, there was so much more to him, not just the politician side.”
Green’s creativity keeps him constantly on the look out for new ways to display his work, having shown his collections at many venues, from craft shows to car shows. Once he even displayed his art in a barn with just one wall separating it from the livestock.
“You have to market yourself and be open to try new things,” Green says. “You stand out in unexpected venues, rather than getting lost in the sea of artists.”
Green currently has a wall display at College Avenue’s Studio 213 and won first place in this year’s “Farm to Plate” exhibit at the Trout Museum of Art. One of Green’s biggest goals is to never quench his thirst for knowledge.
“I hope to always be a student,” he says. “When an artist is done growing their work is no longer evolving. I don’t ever want to become a machine.”
—By Sonia Zimmerman
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