Daniel Gabriel Angelo Jean-Baptiste

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.

 Artist Statement

 

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,

Shimmering Light Water Technique