I remember drawing as a four year-old. Licking the tip of the red color pencil made a more intense red as I drew my tree! In seventh grade, I was given a set of oil paints for a Christmas present. My mom showed me what she had learned about painting a still life in an evening class.
In 1973 and 1974, while an art student at the University of Northern Colorado, I had the chance to study in Florence, Italy for 10 months. That influence changed my life in many ways.
Following graduation, I began teaching art in the public school. From drawing, to printmaking, to ceramics, to painting, my experiences broadened and I fell "head over heels" infatuated with mark making.
I have found that my brushes and pencils create the same endless variety of marks just as the world surrounding me displays an endless variety of life. I find whimsical lines of energy in my paintings begin to imitate the energy that I sense around me. I have fallen in love with my brush!
My subject matter and media reflect over forty years of sharing a wide range of artistic adventures with my students in public school and at the college where I currently teach. Every new medium still represents another possible right answer to some yet unanswered query and another journey to some adventure.
Contact Daniel Augenstein through the Columbine Gallery in Loveland, Colorado at www.columbinegallery.com
Augenstein's art can be seen at the Madison and Main Gallery located in downtown Greeley, Colorado at 927 16th Street AND at the Columbine Gallery located in Loveland, Colorado at 2683 N. Taft.