The art of San Francisco artist Daniel Bayless captures the drama of the light, those fleeting moments when the delicate hand of nature caresses a bouquet, or gently twirls a body of water, creating a sparkling sea. And, shafts of light rearrange the ambiance, inspiring a mood for the moment.
Born in Borger, Texas, Bayless began to observe at a young age the fluid nature of these colors, always changing in the sunlight. As a result, his parents promptly enrolled him in children’s oil painting class at the age of five. In 1974, the young artist studied with Russian painter, Sergei Bongart. Impressed with his student’s talents, Bongart offered Bayless a scholarship.
In the tradition of the great impressionists of the 19th century, Bayless records the most subtle sensations of light, those ephemeral particles that engage the senses, calling to mind early mornings when patios are perfumed by delicate blooms, awake and dancing in the sun. Using powerful brushwork and luminosity, he arranges natural elements within the frame of his canvas in such a manner that the viewer experiences the focused energy and spontaneity apparent in each scene.