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Tom Daniels was introduced to the local art scene in the mid-eighties by a young PhD student Kamal Payza, whose father was the renown Turkish woodcut printmaker Nail Payza. They exhibited their constructionist abstract pieces in juried shows and galleries in St Augustine, Fl.
While living in St. Augustine Tom was, for a brief period, mentored by the renown Emmet Fritz. Mr. Fritz, a prolific artist who owned a gallery on St. George St. for several decades, steered Tom’s interest toward plein aire painting. This passion for the genre has remained with him to this day.
Tom Daniels is a familiar face among Jacksonville’s art community and you may have seen him painting urban and natural landscapes in the North Florida region. Abstract concepts subtly find their influence in his plein aire work. While many of his works are plein aire, Tom is transitioning toward a new style that utilizes the principles of Plein Aire, but also requires several visits to a site over time. His process involves layers of oil paint upon layers of archival varnish to produce a distinct finish. Tom Daniels’ work has exhibited in juried shows with Southlight Gallery, First Coast Plein Air Painters, The Art Center Cooperative, St. Augustine Art Association, Aviles Street Gallery, Georgia Nick Gallery and he has had several solo shows in the Jacksonville Area.