Daniel Driggs


Born and raised in Nebraska, Driggs developed the love of art as a child. He attended Hastings College where he earned a BS degree in Art and Art Education. Driggs painted, taught, and exhibited his art for 18 years. Through the years he owned and/or managed galleries in Omaha, NE, Laramie, WY and Cheyenne, WY. During these years, Dan’s artwork developed into the center of his life. In fact, it became like a god to him, in competition with the One True God.

In 1989, Driggs attended a retreat where God stepped in to change his life.   He decided to take a sabbatical from his artwork to study and surrender to the Lordship of Jesus in his life. That surrender led him to seminary and the pulpit ministry. He was a pastor for 18 years before God allowed him again to do his artwork.

On October 12, 2014, Mr. Driggs was honored with the Dodie Millholland Memorial Award for his painting “Glass Beads” at the 32nd Annual Juried Exhibit of the Watercolor Society of Indiana (WSI). This juried competition featured 45 paintings by artists who are currently or former residents of Indiana. Mr. Driggs has lived in Indiana for 13 years and is a resident artist at Sugar Creek Art Center with a permanent studio in that physicality. The WSI Exhibit will be on display in the new Brett Waller Community Gallery at the Indiana Museum of Art from now until December 7, 2014.

Today, Driggs’ artwork is different than it was in his earlier art career. Although he still paints still life, landscape scenes, and other subjects, his passion has become portraits – a subject he avoided in prior years. The change has come in realizing that every person is unique and special to God. It is in people that God finds His joy and beauty manifested.

 

“Whether painting landscape, still life or portrait, I would classify my work as illustrative. I do not see artists as being truly creative. God is the only true creator. To create is to make something out of nothing. Only God has that ability. The artist moves or manipulates material (paint, clay, metal, etc.) to form an object that moves the emotions of the viewer.

Although there was a gap of many years between my early career and current art work, they have proven to be a time of growth. When I picked up a paintbrush two years ago, it was like I never set it down. The paint flowed from my brush with pent up energy effortlessly translating the images in my mind into the paintings on the paper. In many ways I believe that my paintings today are more inspired than they were before.

For nearly two years I have been fascinated with painting historical re-enactors. I try to move beyond a typical portrait or paint the character being portrayed by the re-enactor. This often involves getting to know the person, how they began re-enacting, and what role they are filling within their “alter-ego.” It is an insight into the world as it has been shaped by the personalities of great and small people, often living in difficult circumstances, but rising to o a great part to make our lives what they are today.”

Daniel’s work will be showcased in the main gallery at the Art Center in November & December. Help us celebrate him and his work during Culture at the Creek on Friday, December 12th from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

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