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Will Daskal Fine Art

Artist Statement

Middle Vally Road

Middle Valley Road -- Watercolor on Cold-pressed Paper


In 2007, I enrolled at the Baum School of Art in Allentown and I fell into the waiting arms of watercolorist Bill Wentz, a wonderfully warm and supportive teacher/artist with an engaging and infectious sense of humor. Happily, Bill and I were an immediate "proper fit" and he took me to a new level in my paintings. Bill opened me up to the urgency and value of preparing black and white tonal sketches prior to beginning every piece, and he pointed me in the direction of Edgar Whitney's work and writing.

Sadly, Whitney is long gone from this earth, but Ron Ranson, world-famous English watercolorist, author/teacher who penned the seminal book on Whitney's work, is still with us. I recently spent a full week with Ranson, and his guidance has taken me to new heights in my painting ability. It was a once in a lifetime experience, and I am deeply indebted to Mr. Ranson for showing me how to grow so quickly into a much more successful artist.

Thanks to Wentz and Ranson, what I produce now seems to flow much more easily because I don't have to think about technique or methodology to the same degree that I had done previously. My subconscious mind already knows the mechanical aspect of how to create the piece. What I concentrate on is studying the scene and making an emotional and spiritual connection with what I see. Thinking have become more temporal; emotional association prevails.

The technical part of the painting process for me is about 25% thought, tonal value sketch and compositional construction and 50% placing the actual final sketch on paper, forgetting totally about fine details until the final stages of the painting process. If I have done my planning, thinking and compositional development properly, then, the final painting process of actually placing paint on paper should occupy a mere 25% of my time. The painting should flow far more easily because most of the difficult work has already been done.

I can look at something now and get an almost instantaneous sense of where to move objects and how to develop an emotional association with the moment. I now paint from within myself and no longer look into my scene. I am part of it and see it from within and without simultaneously. It is a very special place, a very good place to be!

What is most important to me is that I can create a sense of beauty that I feel and can share that emotional connection with my viewers; it feels like magic sometimes. I do what I want now. I paint what I want. I no longer feel constrained by the pressure of trying to please others because I only need to please myself!

I now feel my way through a scene and construct a visual perspective or representation of what I sense, aiming at drawing the viewer into a small area of my heart and soul; it's a very good feeling to know that I can do that. It certainly doesn't work all the time, but when it does, it is pure magic. I am a creator; better yet, I am a gift-giver, for surely an artist gives a gift to humanity with every completed piece he offers up for public consumption!

I was born to paint, but it took me the majority of my previous years of Earthly existence to discover that fact, and I will not allow my remaining years to go underutilized or misspent. I know what I must now do with the balance of my days and I shall endeavor to make the most of my developing artistic skills, honing them at every opportunity, continually sharing my growing artistic knowledge with as many people as there are who wish attend my painting workshops and share in the Thrill of Watercolor, as I now know it.

This is a very good time to be a fine artist! I know because, at last, I am one!

Winter Romp

Winter Romp -- Watercolor on Paper

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