Daniel Romaine was born in 1970 in Sydney. Daniel studied art until leaving school in 1988 and while he had excelled at music and art he was raised in a strict family with an ethos of ‘get a real job and use your brain – art and music is not the way’. Daniel chose to study engineering and joined Qantas.
Being taught painting techniques by his great uncle and father, he always painted in a fine dot style and the Daniel always felt he had a responsibility to put something back into the lives and community of his people as his education had provided the opportunity for him to make his own choices in life. In 1997 Daniel resigned from his position as an Avionics Engineer with Qantas and moved to Western Australia to begin working in Aboriginal Affairspaintings were gifted to family, friends and charitable causes..
Daniel has lived in the Pilbara, Western Australia and Palm Island, Queensland working professionally within the community in aboriginal affairs and negotiating native title.
Over the last 20 years Danielhas earned recognition as a successful urban indigenous artist, with works going to discerning buyers throughout Australia and overseas including; Dubai, Hong Kong, USA, France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan. Daniel has been commissioned by a number of major corporates to produce project specific artworks. His paintings have been entered in a number of Art awards including the Telstra NT Art Award and an entry into the Wynne and Archibald Prize is a personal goal.
Daniel currently lives and works in the Noosa hinterland in an artistic house he built using the natural resources found on his bush property. Daniel’s care and dedication to producing fine, detailed work allow him to create only a limited number of pieces each year and he tends to work in ‘bursts’ with periods of reflection in between.
Most elements of his work are intrinsically related to landscape where flora and fauna and ancient landforms provide a rich source of inspiration. His paintings show intricate mapping of a myriad of places and events in abstract form. His main influence comes from the shapes, colours and textures of the landscapes. The unique contrasting areas he has seen on his travels appear in his paintings – ranging from the stark red deserts of Western Australia to the rich ocean life surrounding Palm Island.
‘Visions of landscapes and spiritual beings appear to me in dots, sometimes they are familiar and other times they are unknown. It is as if my indigenous ancestors are creating the art through me. The visions are unpredictable and stay with me – almost haunting me – until they are painted. My main influences come from the shapes, colours and textures of the landscape. With every new painting I challenge myself to a more difficult use of technique to create an accurate representation of my vision. I aspire to produce artworks that people look at and see the image as clearly as I do “Like a photo in the mind” and then feel the peaceful energy of the natural landscape that has been shaped by the elements over time.’
‘It humbles me in knowing that I have given some of my spirit to each artwork. I hope that my work gives people pleasure and a sense of peace in spirit as it gives me great peace in my heart to paint images of our untamed, uniquely contrasting but extremely beautiful country.’
Daniel believes art can bring peace and harmony to people’s lives, it is this ethos that donates all of art print sales profit to charity.