By Bob GilbertThe May 2012 exhibit at the Gourgaud Gallery features the watercolor paintings of Daniel Turner Thomas, a member of the Cranbury Arts Council. The following question and answer session with Mr. Thomas gives us an insight into the artist:
How and when did you get interested in painting?
When I was young around 8 years old and in primary school in England
Have you had formal art training? If so, describe.
None at all
You work primarily in watercolor. Why do you prefer this medium?
I like the effects that watercolor provides. It’s the perfect medium for landscapes
How do you select subject matter for paintings?
I look for mood & lighting in a landscape whenever I can. I also look for unusual angles/perspectives for my works
In the United Kingdom painting collection on your website, http://www.danielpturnerthomas.com/index.html some paintings are listed as “NFS” (not for sale). Are these paintings of places that have significance to you?
Yes these are family places or ones that are held in a private collection in UK galleries
What artists have influenced or inspired you?
Geoff Kersey from Derbyshire in the UK.
In your opinion, what is the relative importance of “raw talent” vs. training when it comes to becoming an artist? Can a person with modest talent benefit substantially from proper training, and does a person with great talent require training?
I think that raw talent can be developed. Many people have no idea they have this creativity and need someone to encourage them and motivate them. I see a lot of so called talent that is not that creative in my opinion. Damien Hurst is attracting a lot of controversy as I write in the UK. Does he have talent or is his work grotesque?
The May exhibit runs from May 6 - May 27, 2012.
The reception will be on Sunday, May 6th from 1-3 PM in the Gourgaud Gallery, located in Town Hall.
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Additonal pictures of Dan's exhibit may be viewed on Facebook at Gourgaud Gallery Page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Gourgaud-Gallery/108657442495068