Featured Artist Daniel McPheeters

Artist Daniel McPheeters combines his love of art and science to create stunning digital collages of scenes drawn from nature. Visit his website to see more of his amazing art.

 

“Approaching the Event Horizon” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18" x 24" by artist Daniel McPheeters. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Approaching the Event Horizon” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18″ x 24″

 

All my life I have been passionate about art as well as science. For years I have worked in the sciences professionally, but I was always drawing, photographing, sculpting and painting as well.

 

“Azimuth” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18" x 24" by artist Daniel McPheeters. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Azimuth” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18″ x 24″

 

A few years ago, I began to work intensely in digital imaging. I am self-taught in Photoshop, Illustrator, and similar programs. Working in a technique called digital collage, I combine images and textures in many layers, adjusting positions, transparencies, and colors until I get the final image.

 

“November Looking West” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18" x 24" by artist Daniel McPheeters. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“November Looking West” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18″ x 24″

 

While many collage artists use images from publications and the internet, I have given myself the personal challenge of using only my own images. My works are a combination of my own photographs, drawings, paintings, and textures.

 

“Celestial Precession” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18" x 24" by artist Daniel McPheeters. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Celestial Precession” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18″ x 24″

 

I manipulate these elements until I get the image I am striving for. I then print them on a special pigment ink printer to produce works that will last for generations.

 

“Evening Starfire” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18" x 24"by artist Daniel McPheeters. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Evening Starfire” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18″ x 24″

 

My studio is in a log home that I built on a hilltop in the woods. Often the night sky is ablaze with stars silhouetted against the forest edge. This serves as an inspiration for many of my works.

 

“Quantum Entanglement” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18" x 24" by artist Daniel McPheeters. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Quantum Entanglement” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18″ x 24″

 

I use the term “dreamscapes” to describe these works that have been called mystical and lyrical.

 

“Daybreak: New Light” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18" x 24" by artist Daniel McPheeters. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Daybreak: New Light” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18″ x 24″

 

With my science background, I am always aware of the natural forces that shape the universe. I see not only the lyrical beauty of landscapes and skyscapes, but also the beauty of the mathematics of nature that a scientist experiences. I try to convey that beauty by including circles, lines and grids in my works.

 

“Quantum Bubbles” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18" x 24" by artist Daniel McPheeters. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Quantum Bubbles” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18″ x 24″

 

Because the sphere is the ubiquitous geometry of the universe, from stars down to elementary particles, I often create pieces that are filled with circles to represent these spheres. I call these works my bubblescapes. I sometimes get mesmerized as I work on my bubblescapes and don’t know when to stop adding my circles.

 

“Principia Mathematica” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18" x 24"by artist Daniel McPheeters. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Principia Mathematica” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18″ x 24″

 

I am very familiar with the night sky and know most of the constellations and the visible planets. I follow their movements as the seasons change.

 

“Lunar Cloudscape” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18" x 24" by artist Daniel McPheeters. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Lunar Cloudscape” Archival Pigment Ink Print, 18″ x 24″

 

I pay close attention to the phases of the moon and often represent that in my work. My creative drive is synergistically intertwined with my knowledge of the mechanisms of the universe.

 

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Comments

  1. A beautiful and brilliant marriage of art and science. A pleasure to see your work Daniel.

  2. I love the look and feel of them, Daniel. Your balancing of the trees/earth with the circles/stars, to me, creates a beautiful representation of the earth’s relationship to the cosmos.

  3. Absolutely beautiful with amazingly rich tones. Wonderful.

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