Since the invention of the first camera, the art of portrait painting has seen a steady drop. But a new generation of painters is taking the world by storm with stunning realistic portraits in breathtaking detail, such as those by painter Daniel J. Yeomans.
“Working from life enables spontaneous brushwork,” explained Yeomans in an interview with Jackson’s Art where he discussed his lifelong practice. “Each brushstroke, the color, the direction, the thickness of the paint is all a response to something happening in front of me,” he says. “If all this becomes still (in a photo) I lose all these variable qualities in my work that make it my own.”
According to Yeomans, his traditional training was achieved at the internationally renowned Charles H. Cecil studios in Florence. As well as specializing in portraiture, Yeomans also paints plein air works, some of which hang in collections throughout Europe, Asia, and the US.
As he tries new techniques, Yeomans expands his knowledge of this traditional form of art making. “Sometimes they fail and sometimes they work out, but I use the experience for future projects,” he stressed.
Scroll down to see some of his incredible work and get in touch with him if you’re interested in commissioning a one-of-a-kind piece to hang in your home.