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Daniel Chuter trained in London as a landscape architect. His study of landscape design inspired a deep interest in the general ‘fabric’ and pattern of the outdoors. He particularly loves the form and feel of the layers of landscape and their underlying history. His style is very much inspired by the Impressionists with its emphasis on capturing the momentary, sensory effect of a scene and its fleeting impression on the eye. Over the years his work has developed from an abstract style to a more realistic portrayal, more recently combining both approaches. Daniel prefers to start by using wax crayon to block main forms, then uses acrylic or watercolour with a loose brushwork and often finishes detail with water soluble pencil crayon to build an overall impression. He adds bold, complementary colours, building them up in layers to create a certain mood and to “paint the light” in a manner reminiscent of the romantic landscape artist J.M.W. Turner.
Daniel usually begins his work by sketching out of doors in streets and countryside with instantly recognisable buildings or landmarks that have striking architectural forms. Photos are taken to continue work on the images indoors in his studio space.
Daniel has recently joined CVAT to be part of a positive and encouraging creative community and to learn from the range of disciplines offered by other local artists who share his enthusiasm. He has also responded to requests to run workshops to demonstrate the techniques and processes involved in using colours and light to produce images that have the atmospheric and optimistic effect that attracts people to his work.