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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
GFAC Featured Artist!
Right now hanging at the Gallery Fine Art Center (2151 Airline Dr. Suite 1200) is 21st Century: 5 Degrees of Realism. The show will be on display until the end of January. The Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-5pm.
Meet Daniel Mark Cassity
Born March 3rd 1965, I grew up in
northeastern Louisiana where I cultivated two persistent themes: a love of
nature, and an unquenchable need to make things. Simply put, I receive
satisfaction by pursuing any number of projects.
earliest “formal” painting, a long-lost landscape in acrylic, was attempted
around age seven. Later, in my early teens, I received private instruction from
Anne Goss Nelson of Bastrop, LA who challenged my perceptual rendering with the
“paint what you see" notion, introducing color theory with oil,
watercolor, and pastel. Validation followed with the winning of local art
competitions, beginning around age 13/14. Accelerated Public School programs
accepted me, as did a summer retreat for young art students and musicians, and
though I have never considered myself an adequate student, I was of course,
absorbing bits here and there. Honing technical skills in my own time, my
artistic interest gained momentum, just as my abilities gained further
A B.F.A. was next; at Louisiana Tech
University, I initially studied Design and Watercolor, then Graphic
Design/Illustration (the highlight of which was acceptance into the Society of
Illustrators’ 1986 Annual Scholarship Competition and Exhibition in NY) before
committing fully to Fine Art. These were fruitful exploratory years, and so it
was with the intent to teach that I arrived at East Carolina University for
postgraduate studies in the fall of 1988.
early nineties my desire to teach waned, and so I withdrew from graduate school
after two years to self-educate and attempt an independent career. I consigned
paintings to galleries while continuing to exhibit in competitions and engage
commission opportunities, a highlight of which was working on location on St.
Thomas and St. John U.S.V.I. in 1993. I have sold fine art to such corporations
as The News Star World of Monroe, LA, Pepsi Bottling Co. and Burroughs-Wellcome
of Greenville, NC, the M.C.V. hospital of Richmond,
VA, and Atlanta Foods International. I have also freelanced murals and
architectural finishes in such prominent eastern NC homes as Parker and Becky
Overton of Overton’s Sporting Goods.
In 2009 I returned to
Louisiana after twenty years in North Carolina, initially producing murals
within Shreveport. In addition to various national and regional
exhibitions, in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 I placed as a finalist in The
Artist's Magazine's Annual
Competitions in the Still Life category, being featured as a Competition Spotlight
in the 2011 July/August issue. In the summer of 2011 I was selected to
produce NEA funded Temporary Art Installations for the Shreveport Regional
Arts Council. Also In 2011 I was accepted into the International Guild of
Realism: later participating in their 8th Annual Juried Exhibition
of 2013. I joined Oil Painters of America in 2012: being selected for the OPA
National Exhibition, Salon Show, and Eastern Regional in 2013. I was also accepted
as a finalist in the Art Renewal Center's International Salon of 2012/2013.
I was featured in Southwest Art
Magazine’s August issue as an "Artist to Watch", and in American Art Collector Magazine 96’s
October issue promoting the International Guild of Realism’s 8th
Annual Exhibition, and the Oil Painters of America’s Eastern Regional. In 2014, I
will participate in a traveling museum exhibition American Still Lifes slated
to open that spring, and will also have a still life feature article in The Artist’s Magazine that Fall.
I currently have Gallery representation with Artifacts of
Eureka Springs, AR.
In the fall of 2013 I moved to
Hot Springs, AR fully pursuing my still lifes, complimented by occasional plein
air landscape painting. My “Kingdom” series of still lifes continues to gain
notice on an ever widening scale - inviting viewers into my imaginary world - complimented
by written text “Tales from The Kingdom” to be found on my website
DanielMarkCassity.com. My studio interests also include songwriting/recording,
and short story writing; visiting these side projects greatly informs my
Painting Studio, as is evidenced in my increased use of symbolism, story, and
And so with my interest as my compass, I
move ever forward, for from my perspective "an Artist is an unstoppable
force of nature – a particular genetic collision driven to produce – no matter
what obstacles arise."