Born to Dutch Jewish and African, Kalinago Carib descent, Daniel Jean-Baptiste is a Caribbean artist living in the paradise of St. Lucia where sunny skies and abundant water life provide constant inspiration. His artwork depicts underwater scenes, game fish and their prey, tropical botanical themes, and exotic animals.
Daniel’s childhood was spent fishing off the wooden jetty in the tiny fishing village of Choiseul. The sea became his second home and he spent hours under the blistering sun gazing at the vibrant colors of tiny wrasse attacking his bait. To Daniel, fishing was much more than catching fish; he found the whole experience exhilarating and painting became a way of capturing a tiny part of this bliss.
Daniel is constantly inspired by his island home but laments that most people become so accustomed to their surroundings that they overlook the exquisite beauty around them. Through his artwork, he hopes to reignite an awakening to this free gift and urges us to take a moment to notice the colors and dancing light next time we go fishing. This is the lighting effect he strives to capture in his art.
Besides his unique artistry, what makes Daniel’s creations particularly special is his use of 10mm Habotai silk as his canvas. The silk’s translucency and natural luster enhance the colors and add a special vibrancy.
Daniel is also the originator of the shimmering light water technique, creating delicate hues of color and light by painting wet-on-wet method in which liquid paints are delicately applied using small Sumi bamboo sheep hair brushes. The silk is positioned flat while suspended in a stretcher so that the wet colors can bleed freely on the fabric. The finished piece is water resistant and lightfast, ready for framing behind glass.
I am a self-actualized artist whose work is based on my childhood growing up on a tropical island called Saint Lucia in the Caribbean. A natural paradise of immense beauty. My life is one which is so close to nature that I feel a part of all her splendor and mystery. When I paint I become my subject, from the tree frog in the midst of Fond St. Jacques rainforest to the sea turtle gliding in the deep blue waters near Anse Chastanet Bay.
texture, and light are so intense and warm to the soul. Every piece is a part of my life and I am honored to share with you.I do not just want to paint, but I want you to create so that you too can feel the intense joy that I experience in being here. The colors,