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Born 1985

Daniel McClendon graduated from Western Michigan University with his BFA – emphasis in painting realism. Shorty after graduating he relocated to Asheville, NC, where he maintained this focus on realism and began painting full time.  Eventually he decided that his work lacked a true and honest voice, and stopped painting. On March 21, 2011, he had an epiphany and returned to painting.

Artist Statement:
“My paintings are primitive. Honest. Transparent. I tap into the instinctual nature of my creative process, using the animals as a catalyst, and work to obtain an open-ended, energetic, yet purposeful aesthetic. My work begins non-objectively, in the form of a chaotic black and white painting. But from that chaos emerges patterns, forms, and symbols that collectively build to a visual identity.”

His work is available through The Lift Studios, in Asheville, which he owns with his wife, Michelle.   

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