Cornfields & Rolling Hills: A Celebration of the Iowa Landscape

All this week the Daily Palette will be featuring works of art that depict the beauty of Iowa's landscape. Created by Iowans, these artworks are meant to celebrate our state and demonstrate our appreciation for its flat plains, tall bluffs, and everything in between.

Cornfield, acrylic paint on canvas, 40" x 30", 2013

Daniel Marks was born in Okemos, Michigan, and has lived in Columbia, Missouri and Boston, Massachusetts.  He currently resides in Ames, Iowa.

Dan earned his BFA in drawing and painting from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri in 1991.  He has been painting professionally for over 25 years.

His inspiration for his paintings comes from the beauty of everyday life.  He uses acrylic paint on canvas, exaggerating colors, and altering forms to create animation and energy.

Dan's work has been exhibited in solo and group shows, as well as in juried exhibits at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the Perlow-Stevens Gallery in Columbia, Missouri; Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri; the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa; and the Memorial Union and the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames.  Dan's paintings are in private collections throughout the country, as well as in two permanent collections: the Ashby-Hodge permanent collection of American Fine Art at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri and Columbia College.

The artist writes:

I am told that I did not speak until the age of three.  Others are likely to describe me as a person of few words.  I do, however, have a great deal to say, and my paintings are the language I use to communicate the things I cannot articulate.

I have been painting for over 25 years.  I work with acrylic paint on canvas.  I prefer to distort my images to create motion, drama, and comfort.  I use bold colors because they are stimulating and convey vitality and an alternative perspective on reality in what may otherwise be dismissed as commonplace.

I enjoy the challenge of painting many different things.  Buildings are a prevalent subject matter because they are portraits of our urban and suburban landscape.  They have personalities and humor, and stories to tell.  Buildings can be lonely, humble, or stoic.  The windows can be transparent, exposing the contents, or they can be dark or veiled, reflecting their surroundings.  Buildings are places where people can live, gather, worship, sleep, argue, gossip, and love.

My art is a contribution of something real and my aspiration is to inspire and enlighten people with my perspective of the world.

Daniel Marks's website

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on June 29, 2015

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