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Mark Daily

 (born 1944)
Mark Daily is active/lives in Colorado, Illinois.  Mark Daily is known for figure, landscape, still life.

Mark Daily

Biography from the Archives of askART

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As a child growing up in Chicago Mark Daily showed an early appitude for art. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago's Junior School summer programs when he was 13 and 14 and a local drawing competition won him a scholarship to the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

Mark Daily left the academy after two and a half years and rented a studio with a buddy in Chicago. He served in the Army Reserves during Vietnam and after his service he rented a studio in Taos, New Mexico. He stayed in New Mexico for twelve years painting and selling enough to get by but not truly applying himself to his art. He credits his friendships with the artists that would be known as the "Denver School" for encouragement and support during this period.

Mark Daily went on to become an instructor at the Art Students' League of Denver and he has led workshops at Taos' Fechin Institute, La Jolla's Atheneum School of Arts, Chicago's Palette & Chisel Academy and at both the Disney and Dreamworks studios.

Daily has developed his own style and techinues over the course of his career. He credits his time at Disney and Dreamworks studios in the early 1990s for teaching him the value of development and preparation. He spends hours each day on his own research and development. Though he has spent his life painting and teaching Mark Daily believes he has only come into his own during the past 10 or 15 years.

Source: Southwest Art, October 2004

Biography from Nedra Matteucci Galleries
Mark Daily is renowned for his bold and colorful impressionistic brush work. However, what Daily considers most important is the ability of a painting to evoke a sense of place. As he puts it, "We figurative painters are so in love with life that what we see is constantly a thrill."

Daily was born in Chicago in 1944 and from an early age was interested in art, attending summer classes at the Art Institute of Chicago when he was eleven and twelve.  In 1962 he entered the American Academy of Art - also in Chicago - but found that it focused on commercial art more than on the fine art he found interesting.  It was not until 1967, however, upon discovering the paintings of Nicolai Fechin that Daily's artistic ambitions really took hold.  That year he decided to drive west to Taos. Inspired by New Mexico and the Taos Society of Artists, Daily lived there for the next nine years building his career as a painter.

During this time in Taos, Daily became friends with other artists such as Ned Jacob, William Sharer and Buffalo Kaplinski.  They started showing together first in Taos and then eventually in Denver.  This group became known as the Denver School and shared a love for plein air painting and drawing.  As Daily recalls, "we painted, partied, traveled, and showed together…it was rare to find an art group as large as ours and with our degree of interaction."  The Denver School faded out by the early 1980's. Daily continues to reside with his family in Denver today.

Daily has an approach to the process of painting which emphasizes the overall emotional responses and physical activity necessary to create a powerful work of art. Likewise, he views his use of color in broad terms.  Each color finds its place within the context of all the others on the canvas, all working to capture accurately the brilliance of natural light no matter what the subject matter.

Source: Nedra Matteucci Galleries, representing Mark Daily

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About  Mark Daily

Born:  1944 - Chicago, Illinois
Known for:  figure, landscape, still life