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Daniel Caldwell was born in 1962 and grew up in Miami Florida. He spent his formative years sailing, fishing, and diving in Biscayne Bay and in Islamorada, Florida Keys. He started to draw and paint at a young age and was encouraged by his mother Gigi who was an accomplished artist and interior designer. Daniel fell in love with surfing at age 13. He dove into the emerging surf culture in the early 1970s. He pursued the surf passion attending high school in Cape Hatteras North Carolina. There Daniel was mentored by artist friends who lived simply in a small island community. This was an influential season as Daniel developed an eye for sketching the commercial fisherman, rustics fish houses, and wooden boats. Also, he gained a heart for the historic coastal community and the wetlands.
In 1980 Daniel moved to Hawaii to attend college and earned a B.A. in Art Direction & Advertising at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. At night he continued to hone drawing and painting skills at The Honolulu Academy of Arts, a fine small museum with a surprising collection of masterworks. Living on the west coast had its regional art influence as well. Daniel discovered the Early California landscape painters and the contemporary works of Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn members of the "Bay Area Figurative Movement. "I was drawn to Diebenkorn's 50's and 60's period of expressive confident brush strokes, layering of rich color, and dynamic compositions."
Daniel returned to South Florida in 1986 to work as an art director and VP of sales in his family's silk screen printing business which sold design and printing services to the Cruise Ship industry worldwide, Professional Tennis, World Cup Soccer and F1 Racing.
Daniel has moved his career into painting full time working on figurative subjects, waterfront scenes, and beach culture as well as painting a series of works about life in the Bahamas out islands. Daniel also has a studio on Eleuthera in the Bahamas. The creative community there inspires much of his work. He is showing in art events in South Florida and gaining gallery representation. His paintings are in private collections around the country and in the UK.