DAN STROTHERS FINE ART ARTIST BIO
My work attempts to bond its viewers to their ancestral origins by working with natural materials in random shapes in a similar way to which nature works. Some of the most beautiful and long lasting images in one’s mind are those of a brilliant sunset, snow capped mountain peaks, breaking ocean waves, lush valleys, impending thunder storms or simple wild flowers. We too rarely see these everyday occurrences, but they bring to mind vivid colors and natural beauty.
I begin a project with a search for the correct wood to stimulate a visual image in my mind’s eye followed by a feeling. The grain pattern is of utmost importance as that is what makes the light dance on the finished piece and bring it to life. I then choose organic shapes or themes to create art that infuses me with emotion.
When I put an image into form, it takes on a life of its own. The finishes and patinas enhance the refraction of light on the wood in such a way that the art is always in motion, always playing, talking to the viewer in a way that only natural matter can do…as if it had a soul.
The materials that I use have been around since the dawn of time, some growing then dying just to grow again but all naturally recycled over and over again. Every bit of matter in these artworks has seen the sunsets, the mountains, and the flowers in all their previous forms.
Our souls have been there too.
My dad died in 1994. I still grieve for him today. He was my best friend.
In 2004, I had an incredible series of dreams in which my dad reassured me that he was still with me. He shared the glory of afterlife with me. “You are privileged,” he said. I had always known that he loved me, but in those dreams I came to understand that his love was boundless.
My dad’s outpouring of love in my dreams inspires my art to this day. So if, while viewing my artwork, something seems familiar, remember, you, me, my art are all made from stardust.
Please view the art work by going to the following pages: wooden abstractions, seascapes and sculpture. You can also go to Mr. Strothers exhibition page to view his past and present shows and contact him with inquiries for information.