Daniel was born in Pittsburgh, PA into an artistic family, where his mother and grandmother were doll artists. Daniel's artistic awakening stemmed from the story telling paintings and sculptures  that he was surrounded by in the Catholic Church that he attended as a child. These powerful influences fired Daniel's imagination and sent him down the road to telling his own stories through his art.

While attending art school at York Academy of Art, Daniel had the rare privilege of apprenticing with master artist, illustrator, and storyteller Ken Laager. Ken schooled Daniel in the Howard Pyle School of illustration, where the focus was on characterization, mood and setting.

Within Daniel's career as a painter, sculptor, and doll maker, he has been fortunate to have over 400 published paperback covers, many magazine covers, and illustrated children's books to his credit.

He has worked for many book publishers including:

  • Penguin

  • Doubleday 

  • Scholastic

  • Tor 

  • Avon 

  • Bantam 

  • Roc

  • Harper Trophy 

  • Dell Yearling

  • Ace 

He has paintings and one-of-a-kind art dolls in galleries and many private collections from Hong Kong to New York. Daniel also had the honor of having one of his paintings featured in the Guillermo del Toro movie entitled Crimson Peak.

Daniel is most renowned for his ability to work flexibly across many genres and mediums. His favorites include working in oils, watercolors, and digital mediums.

Daniel lives by the quote that the father of American Illustration, Howard Pyle so aptly said: 

"Throw your heart into your paintings and leap in after it."

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Children's Book Art

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YA Book Cover Art


Historical Art


Caricature Art

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