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 Daniel McQuestion  (1954 - )

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Lived/Active: Washington      Known for: sculptor-wildlife, birds

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Daniel Thomas McQuestion was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1954. His family moved to Florida in 1959, where he got his first taste of wildlife and wild places with the hikes he took with his father. In 1961 the family moved to California where he became fascinated by the deserts and mountains of the West. His first artistic efforts were at age seven and by the third grade he was doing holiday murals for his elementary school. At the age of twelve Daniel literally became obsessed with bird watching and studying ornithology. As a junior in high school he brought his love for art and birds together and sculpted his first life size bird out of clay. Shortly thereafter he received his first commission: a sculpture of a Great Horned Owl. Frequent visits to the Museum of Natural History San Diego, had a great affect on his style of sculpture, that of creating miniature natural settings for his bird art.

McQuestion quickly realized that clay and bronze were too heavy and bulky for the feathered creatures he was portraying, so he experimented with various materials until he tried aluminum. It was lightweight, strong, permanent and portrayed feathers in an excellent manner. Over several years Daniel devised a system of working with aluminum that he is very secretive about. According to Guinness Book Investigations, in 2001 he was still the only artist in the world using this technique. Daniel has done many commissions ranging from three-inch hummingbirds to eagles with eight-foot wingspans.

Mr. McQuestion has an extensive research library and has continued studies in ornithology for thirty-six years. As of 2003, Daniel has sculpted 120 species from seven continents, all life size. He continues to break barriers in the field of bird art, such as having over 200 individual "feathers" on a single sculpture. He is also a talented landscape painter and, not surprisingly, most of his paintings contain birds.

McQuestion's art has been exhibited at the Alaska Raptor Center, the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area Interpretive Center, the High Desert Museum, the World Center for Birds of Prey, the Audubon Society, the Sedona Arts Center, the Wildlife Prairie State Park, the Lewis and Clark Museum of Art and History and the A.R. Mitchell Museum.

Source: Karen Smith, Sandpoint, Idaho

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