A long time ago, a couple of guys from Stuttgart, Arkansas traveled south to Drew County looking for a prairie to grow rice. They found just what they needed, bought some land and found water enough to start a farm. They were the first rice farmers in Drew County. This was the mid-1940s. In the early 1980’s, Monticello native Richard Reinhart commissioned me to do a painting of him standing on the edge of his rice field watching a storm brewing off in the southeast. Rice farmers have to watch storms because they can drop too much water on the fields and damage the system of levees, creating a serious problem. I was only too happy to do that for him mainly because it was such a good idea for a painting of life in my home area. I was really proud of that painting. Richard and his wife, Eddye Ann, have purchased my work occasionally and at the end of one recent commission they showed me an amazing photograph of a work crew on Richard’s father’s rice farm. There were 10 workers standing in a line. One of the two older men was holding Richard when he was a […]
Artsy Shark has a fantastic profile of my work this week, please check it out! What makes a place special, unique, memorable? The concept of “sense of place” is one that I’ve explored through my paintings throughout my entire career, while focusing on themes like isolation, abandonment, and decay. You can view my work at Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock, or on my website. If you’d like to inquire about a work or discuss a commission, please contact me!
Contemporary painter Daniel Coston’s BEYOND THE PHOTOGRAPHS will open March 11 at Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock, Arkansas, and will continue through May 7th, 2016.Â The opening night reception for BEYOND THE PHOTOGRAPHS will be on Friday, March 11, 6-8:00. Please join us! It will be a great opportunity to visit with the artist while viewing his works. If you can’t make it that evening, the show will continue through May 7. Cantrell Gallery is located at 8206 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR. Gallery hours are Monday ”“ Saturday, 10-5:00.Â Call (501) 224-1335 for questions or directions. Artist Statement, BEYOND THE PHOTOGRAPHS “Every year I take a lot of reference snapshots of Arkansas that I add to an ever-growing archive.Â Many of the images are useless but a few remind me of things I saw as a kid in Southeastern Arkansas.Â Some even seem iconic to me, expressing something about the geography we call home. So I work on these pictures…drawing the scenes until I think I can do something worthwhile.Â These photos evoke memories in me.Â I want to bring these memories back.Â At times, the memories could be about the sunlight on a particular day…the sky in […]
I am honored to learn that my painting “Portrait of the Artist” was awarded the Best in Show award for the Artists of Northwest Arkansas’s 21st Annual Regional Art Competition. 108 artists from a 4-state area (Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri,and Kansas) submitted over 350 works. The entries were reviewed by 3 judges who selected 52 works of art for the show. The exhibit of 52 works consists of 6 categories of art including drawing & pastels, digital art & photography, oil, mixed media, sculpture, and water media (watercolor and acrylic). The exhibition will be on display from October 1 through October 31st at the Fayetteville Underground in Fayetteville, Arkansas. “Portrait of the Artist” made its debut at my one-man show at Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock, Arkansas in April of 2015. While it wasn’t intended to fit with the theme of the exhibition, I included it more to show a better range of my work. There were several concepts running through my mind as I painted this self-portrait. True, I intended to create a realistic likeness, but beyond that, there are a couple of other items that played a large role in its development. First, I’m a great admirer and student […]
Want to see more of Daniel’s Arkansas Delta paintings? Check out this new video “Painting the Arkansas Delta.” It’s a curated selection of some of his favorite and most appreciated delta paintings. Enjoy!
If it is a hot still day some where on the delta, a scene that will always catch your eye is a vehicle (it’s almost always a pickup) roaring along a dusty road just slightly ahead of a cloud of dust. If it’s far enough away that you can’t hear it, the scene is all the more entrancing. The pickup seems like a rocket blasting off for a space station when in reality it’s just heading for the nearest store. I have that overall idea in my head a lot of the time. It is an iconic scene for the delta…any delta with crops in varying stages of growth. It could be a pickup bumping along a turn row or blasting down a dirt road on the other side of a field. If the weather is dry the dust will be deep and easily thrown up into the hot, still air. Some of these fields will have a family plot tucked away by a paved highway. Maybe there will be a couple of trees. If the tiny cemetery is really old the trees may be just stumps…or gone altogether. So I put these two ideas together and liked the way […]