Daniel’s background lies in illustration and after a Foundation Course at Falmouth he went on to study Scientific Illustration at Blackpool College of Art. After leaving there in 1988 and having won a Readers Digest travel prize, he decided to spend the three months in Brazil where his sole aim was to watch and sketch birds. Since that time he has been on many field trips to India, Nepal, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Indonesia to capture images through sketching for his own enjoyment and for his work.
Daniel went on to work as a freelance illustrator in the commercial sector then going on to specialize in Natural History with a bias towards birds. He has worked on numerous projects – the first commissions being field guides and a series of Game Fowl. Other clients include – Nestle, Lloyds Bank, White Mackay and many others.
From 1997 – with the Wildlife Art Agency (now Art Agency) – Daniel has had work published all over the world including encyclopaedias, children’s books, magazines, posters, etc. Throughout this period he never lost his ambition to paint, though illustration is still important to him. “It taught me the discipline of accuracy of subject and deadlines; most of my time is now spent painting. My inspiration comes from my lifelong love of natural history, I think it essential to draw from life – for me this is the only way to capture the movement and shapes of these creatures as they are rarely still, sketches made in the field and accumulated in my numerous books are the starting point for all my work.”