Collection: Daniel Paschal


1. What do you do when you’re not making art? (Day job etc...).

When I'm not making art I have two jobs. I have my morning job / day job as a chef in a production kitchen. In fact I'm actually the assistant kitchen manager there. My second job, which I work in the evenings, is a food delivery service. That job's a little more flexible so I can work when I want. The second job is mainly to help supplement my income. When not working, which is basically one day a week, my day off on Friday is when I tend to run my personal errands.

2. Why do you make art?

I mainly started because I wanted to use this paint called black 2.0 and be creative with three-dimensional objects to make them look two-dimensional. So I started shopping thrift stores and buying anything that stood out to me, then I would refurbish it and or rebuild it, and finish it off by painting it completely in black 2.0. I still have most of the items that I made. At a certain point though I started painting on canvas. And that's what I've been doing ever since with a variety of mediums, always using acrylic but either a painting by brush, acrylic pouring, or even airbrushing. Sometimes even incorporating all of them. Like in my piece that I just finished I even used dabbing in that.

3. What inspires you?

I tend to get inspired by a lot of things. Some of my paintings have been inspired by dreams, some have been inspired by books I've read, some have been inspired by religion of all things. I've even had some projects that were inspired by items that I found at thrift stores.

4. What/who are your influences?

One of my main influences has always been HP Lovecraft. A few of my paintings and sculptures have been inspired by him. Plus a lot of his writings were inspired by dreams that he had and I tried to incorporate that into some of my work. To break that down basically, if my dreams are interesting and I can remember them I will either incorporate that into a painting or the painting will be completely inspired by a dream.

5. If you could meet anyone dead or alive who would it be?

If I can meet anyone dead or alive, it would be a toss-up between HP Lovecraft and Van Gogh. HP Lovecraft is because I love his works. I've read most of them. And Van Gogh because I just love his art.