Daniel Jay Freed – Bio
Daniel is an emerging artist living in West Chester Pennsylvania. He creates an unusually eclectic array of oil paintings and unique pen & ink drawings ranging from slightly surreal, humorous story-based concepts, landscapes that are a mix of imagination, as well as still life and plein air subjects. Daniel is currently doing a series of pen & ink drawings (with and without watercolor) of downtown West Chester PA city life.The pen & ink works are often humorous, featuring the people and places of West Chester. He often adds ( in writing throughout the work ) the thoughts of the characters and even the objects, as well as his own stream of consciousnesses comments.
An example of a his story-based painting is “The Balloon Thief” in which a dog and his boy owner have stolen a bunch of balloons from a beach vendor. Dan refers to his story-based approach as “Odd little stories that wouldn't stay put”. He calls his method “Organic Imagination” because ideas and compositions form in a variety of ways, and he doesn't set limits on styles or technique (and because it sounds fancy!).
Dan was raised in Cleveland OH, lived in Columbus for 20 years, and lived in Oregon for 9 years before moving to PA in 2014. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1990 and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Western Oregon University in 2009. He has taught art in public schools, University of Oregon, and community centers. He is married with 2 children...and 2 annoying cats. He continues to perform as a comedy magician for family events, performs with local improv comedy group Better Than Bacon, and does caricatures as event entertainment. He's drawn caricatures of at least 20,000 people, and some of those people even liked it :)
Dan never stopped wanting to pursue a career in the fine arts, and continued to work on his oil paintings since the 90's, but until now, had not been able to make it a priority. Now, at age 52, better late than never, he is able to focus on his art career.
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