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

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

Adorable Baby Photo

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 have English surnames like Day and Prince, and were some of the first settlers in Bosque County in Texas.

Downtown Dallas

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/80s Punk/New Wave era. I always tried to be controversial and was one of the first to dress in this rebellious style including eye makeup. This was a little shocking in Texas at this time but it was common among so many Punk and New Wave music groups and fans.

. 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 Peace, 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 and live their life as they choose. On the same topic I always fight for everyone's individual rights and against anyone trying to impose their beliefs on others.

My Art

I always had a little talent in drawing and painting and my parents encouraged my interest from an early age. When I graduated from Irving High School, I was selected to show a watercolor in a group show at the Irving Art Center.

Described as Post-Modern, I think this 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.

I began with a minor in Theatre but switched midway to English after I began writing poetry.

I was a member of the Deep Ellum Arts Group in downtown Dallas which was run by my good friend and very talented Artist, Robert Forsythe.

When I was 30 years old I moved to the Tampa Bay area in Florida and shortly afterwards opened a Studio/Gallery called Live Art Place with another talented artist friend in Tampa named Pedro Parra. Then the gallery 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 and then back to the Museum where we had live entertainment. It was a HUGE success and wildly popular for several years!

I have exhibited my work internationally in Florence, Italy at the Bienale de Firenze and in Sydney, Australia. I also exhibited in a group show at the Center For Contemporary Art in Tampa, Florida.

I try to avoid subjects about religion even though I think religion is the opiate of the masses. I think spirituality is a personal journey and everyone’s beliefs should be respected. I encourage everyone to develop a strong meditation practice. If we all meditated I think there would be no more War, Hunger or Greed and we would all have Peace.

There is so much anger in the world today and I think we all treat one another poorly, without love. Each of us has a special gift and our individual contributions to the world should be acknowledged and treasured. I think we should all work to end War, Hunger and Greed.

I do not avoid politics or economics because I consider these current constructs to be tools to manipulate, exploit and control others. They are a distraction from the aspects of life I consider important and I am simply not a fan of Capitalism or anyone who tries to force their ideas and way of life on others. We all have the right to walk our own path and to decide how our governments and corporations should act.

I am certain there must be a better path which is respectful of others and is full of Joy, Happiness, Love and Peace.

Created By
Glenn McDaniel


Created with images by vicenfoto - "Image of buddha with mountains at dawn background" • mandritoiu - "Dallas skyscrapers at sunset" • CrackerClips - "Downtown Tampa, Florida City Skyline at Night - Cityscape (logos blurred for commercial use)" • Givaga - "Cathedral of Santa Maria" • Tomas Zavadil - "Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge during twilight, Australia"