Daniel W. Pinkham was born in Los Angeles on January 31, 1952. He showed both interest and ability in art as a young child and began studying art through private instruction at the age of nine. He later attended Art Center College of Design from 1972 to 1974, after which he received a scholarship to apprentice for five years with Russian-born artist and renowned teacher Sergei Bongart (1919-1985). He later opened his own art school, which he operated from 1980 to 1985.
To further his artistic training, in 1985, Pinkham traveled throughout Europe for several months, studying the masterworks in prominent museums. Upon returning from Europe, he then began traveling throughout the United States to focus on plein air painting, which allowed him to be close to the sources of inspiration for his artwork.
Pinkham's choices of subjects are based on direct emotional responses with the imagery in front of him. His work takes him throughout the U.S. and Europe. From each locale, he experiences varied emotions that he translates to paint.
Landscape painter Daniel Pinkham works out of a studio he built for himself in Palos Verdes, California
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
Signature Member of the California Art Club, member of the Club's Board of Directors
Signature Member, Oil Painters of America as a Signature Member
Signature Member, the Portuguese Bend Artist Colony
Founding member of the Plein Air Painters of America
Founding member of the Plein Air Artists of California
Pinkham was selected by the National Park Service as the Artist in Residence at the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.
Gold Medal, Best of Show “Red Smith” Award, Western Visions, Wild 100 Exhibition for Still Waters, National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Gold Medal Award for Best Painting, California Art Club's 98th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, held at the Pasadena Museum of California Art
Gold Medal, Best of Show at the Maynard Dixon County
Best Western Genre Prize at the California Art Club’s 95th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, held at Pasadena Museum of California Art
Grand Prize, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute
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