In keeping with his traditional training in Florence, Daniel paints commissions directly from life.  Through his painting methods, he shares a direct link with the great portrait painters of the past.  Using knowledge which has remained unchanged through the centuries, preparing his own pigments and the highest quality canvasses with the same techniques. Daniel’s Sitters are immersed in the world of classical portraiture at its finest, making the experience a memorable journey, for the sitter and the Artist alike.  Taking the time to have sittings with the painter and allowing the painting to evolve over time is an important part of the sight-size technique.

Studio Portraits

These portraits can range from an under life size study, a charcoal drawing or head and shoulders portrait painting right through to a full length portrait or scene painting.  In fact, any painting with an interior scene as the background is likely to be painted in the purpose built studio.  With beautiful north light coming downward through one large window at one end of the studio, falling at roughly 45degrees it creates the perfect chiaroscuro for painting the figure. It is also a fairly unchanging light throughout the day.

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“A few years back,whilst making my way up a mountain in Switzerland lumbered with painting equipment a friendly lift operator remarked that ” To best paint a landscape you must really live it”  –  Landscape painting or ‘plein-air’ has become a real passion of Daniels and an opportunity for travelling, discovering and to be inspired  by new places, always with painting equipment on hand.

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Large Portraights

Large portraits can include full length portraits, Family portraits and scene paintings. They are often of particular interest due to the complexities of arranging large composition. Something which has fascinated critiques and Artists alike throughout the centuries.

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“I have a very special book at home, It is a 1st Edition of Peter Pan called ‘Peter & Wendy’, which my mother had as a child. It even her handwritting in from when she was ‘Age 9’, it sits on the shelf and I possibly get it out once in a while but how special would it be to have that book with its spine coming away and folding edges in a piece of art that can sit on your wall and not a dusty shelf. Something that can remind you of a special person or memory that you can see everyday in a very unique and special way”
– Jonathan Soden, Director of The Soden Collection.
Contact the gallery today to discuss further how we can work with Mark Payne and commission your own unique and special piece of contemporary art.