Sitting at Daniel’s kitchen table discussing how this piece would be written was an experience in itself! The enthusiasm he has for his profession stands out a mile and there are no doubts, it was a pleasure to see. It is “that what inspires” which to a large degree is why he has become the very well respected artist that he now is. Coming from a livestock farming background has certainly helped him on his way and helped develop an empathy with animals like no other.
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Many great artists and musicians can normally start to paint or write music before they can even walk and it was not much different for Daniel! His first memories were sitting at the kitchen table at their farm in Norfolk drawing either, the family dogs, their cattle or horses which were all part of everyday life. It was from this most natural of beginnings and the benefits that will have come from them that is plain to see in his work some thirty five years later. Pursuing an academic career is not how he wanted to spend his time, it was anywhere from a hunt kennels to the best of fox coverts where he very much where he preferred to be and who can blame him!
Art college beckoned, and this was only to back up Daniel’s enthusiasm. All those greats that had gone before had done much for this up and coming young artist. The time he spent at college was not wasted but helped him in developing a very distinctive style of his own. This was further enhanced by spending as much time as was allowed hunting on foot. It was here he could witness the intricate detail of all aspects of hound work and venery which is so often missed or just simply taken for granted! He believes it is terribly easy in the modern day to lose sight of the traditional objectives. These many different aspects which make up a day’s hunting are what make it so interesting. It has been combining different experiences that have enhanced his knowledge and helped translate onto canvas the spirit and essence of the sport he so adores, whether painting in watercolour or oils. Whilst Master of the South Wold Hounds in Lincolnshire with his wife Ali there would have been many occasions which assisted in developing this particular artist’s dream. No more so than the Lincolnshire Wolds themselves and the skies for which the county is famed. His success is abundantly clear to see and on every wall in the house there are examples of his work.
However, the time has now come to diversify slightly whilst keeping his original themes very much in mind. The mounted regiments and hunting have long had great connections with each other. It would only seem right for a natural progression in this direction to follow. For the last two years he has been resident artist to the Household Cavalry and amongst the work he has completed so far are those featuring State Occasions and the behind scenes aspects of military life.
All in all Daniel has come a long way since those early days sketching
at the kitchen table in Norfolk. The passion he has for his subject is abundantly clear. His attention to detail produces the highest standard of work which is so obvious even to someone who neither has an eye for horse, hound nor fox for that matter!”
I have known Daniel for some time now. The talent he has stands out a mile and in years to come it is more than likely that he will be an inspiration to younger artists, as Lionel Edwards, Alfred Munnings and others have been to him. For more information on Daniel Crane and his work have a look at his website. You will not be disappointed in what you see.