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About Glenn McDaniel just a hippie with a paintbrush, a camera and an iPad

If you are here, you must be a little curious.

I was adopted as an infant into a family with a humble background. My aunt Lexdale once said our family was the "poor white trash of Ireland". Something I found on Ancestry is that the McDaniel name was picked up after the War for Independence in the U.S. because our name was MacDonald and we were Royalists. After the war and the colonies won their independence the family skedaddled to Canada except one and he went to Kentucky and changed the name to McDaniel. My mother's side of the family were some of the first settlers in Bosque County.

I was born and grew up in and around Dallas, Texas where the family had lived for several generations. My mother was an educator and my father worked in computer programming.

My formative years were influenced by the late 60s counter culture and the 70s Punk/New Wave era. I always tried to be controversial. I saw a T-shirt from the Museum of Modern Art which read: If it looks good above your sofa, it isn't art. That is what I strive to create in my art.

My take on Munch's The Scream

When I was 8 years old, I spent much of that year contemplating dogma and wondering about the purpose of my existence. I concluded that my natural talents in the visual arts were where I should focus in order to make art that hopefully brings joy and love to others.

I have always tried to be mindful and respectful of others but I am human. I always try to apologize and make amends when I discover I have behaved or spoken with disrespect. I recognize that everyone has an opinion and support everyones right to speak their mind. On the same topic I always fight for everyone's individual rights and against anyone trying to impose their beliefs on others.

My Art

Described as Post-Modern, I think it is my attitude when approaching my projects so it's mostly about feelings. I received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of North Texas in Denton just north of Dallas/Ft. Worth.

When I was 30 years old I moved to the Tampa Bay area in Florida and shortly afterwards opened a Studio/Gallery with an artist friend in Tampa. Then I joined the Tampa Gallery Association and participated in the Association's "Gallery HOP" where we used city busses to run from the Museum of Fine Arts downtown to each of the member Galleries. It was a HUGE success!

I have xhibited my work in Florence, Italy at the Bienale de Firenze and in Sydney, Australia.

I try to avoid subjects about religion, I think spirituality is a personal journey and all our beliefs should be respected.

I think we all treat one another poorly without love. Each of us has a gift and our contributions should be acknowledged.

I do not avoid politics or economics because I consider these current constructs to be tools to manipulate and control others. They are a distraction from the aspects of life I consider important and I am simply not a fan.

I am certain there must be a better path which is respectful of others.

I would like you to follow me.

Love and Peace

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