“In some way the objects I paint have touched me. It could be about a candy apple I once ate at a fair or a pair of Mary Janes we all wore as little girls. Usually there is some emotional attachment to the objects.”
(American, b. 1958)
Inspiration often comes from the most unlikely places. It might be found in the brightly colored hues of a coffee cup or a jumble of marbles in a mason jar. Celebrating ordinary objects in our everyday lives, Daryl Gortner brings out the extraordinary in what we might otherwise neglect to see or feel.
Her works in still life represent an exaggerated photorealistic style in large proportional size, magnifying simple lines to reveal complex subtleties in line and texture. Luscious strokes of color and layer upon layer of painting and glazing, provide intense depth and richness. Daryl works primarily in oil on canvas, linen or birch panel primed with several coats of gesso. Her painstaking process can typically take up to two months from start to finish for one painting.
Fifteen years into her artist career, Daryl’s clarity of vision, talent and skill have attracted loyal patrons and admirers from across the country. She has received numerous awards in juried competitions, was named a finalist in the “Artist Magazine and International Artist Magazine” and has been recognized in publications such as American Art Collector and Creative Quarterly Magazine. Her work can be found at many art exhibitions, and corporate and private collections throughout the country.