High Artist Spotlight: Daniel Combs

Daniel began their art obsession back in 1984 when they were five and started competing. They've been chasing their art dreams since. Their art has been shown in both domestic and International galleries along with a couple of museums. They specialize in creating art that is whimsical, often dreamy, frequently disturbingly interesting, and utilizes symbols to convey layered messages. Splashes of color fill each composition. Their primary mediums are colored pencils, various paints, and they are learning stone carving. Since 2019 they have been able to retire as a disabled veteran and they are able to finally spend their time as a full time artist.
We recently caught up with Daniel after High Art 2023 to learn more about their most recent inspirations:

Where do you find your creative inspiration?

I often get inspired by dreams and moments in daily life. It could be catching a glimpse at a butterfly as it flutters in the light or a stranger walking by. Inspiration can come from anywhere.

Why do you do what you do?

To me art is an internal impulse. It's a passion that started at birth. Art was my first language and love. Art is also a large part of my spiritual walk where I use it as a ritualistic practice.

What art/artist do you most identify with?

I most identify with surrealistic abstractions. Android Jones is among my inspirations.

What themes do you pursue the most?

I often work with themes of human faces and nature.

What role does an artist have in society?

The artist has the role of mystic, sage, and healer. They reflect back to the world its beauty and trauma in the form of images. These images often raise questions to issues that need addressed within society.

What is your artistic outlook on life?

Art is like breathe or water. It is the essence of life to me. It consumes my days and haunts my mind in my dreams.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don't forget to have fun on your artistic journey.

Do you listen to music while you are creating? If yes, share the song and artist that you listen to while creating art.

Yes, I listen to music while creating. Foo Fighters - All My Life, Metallica - Master Of Puppets, Tool - Schism

What's the best thing about being an artist?

Having the ability to create images with what emotions invoke the mind and consciousness is the best part of being an artist.

What is your dream project?

My dream project is to work with one of my favorite rock bands.

Support Daniel by shopping his collection here.