I take a myopic view of the world around me; instead of focusing on the landscape as a whole I find beauty in the details and random patterning in nature. Using a combination of paints, earth pigments, polymers, and minerals I create ethereal paintings that strive to capture the essence of the natural world. My work is loose and intuitive and gains a rich complexity as successive layers are added and scraped away. Strokes and scratches appear to be exposed from underneath layers of sediment and stone, metals float across, transparent layers entrap movement, and the minerals dry and crystalize to create an ice-like surface. There is no plan; the work takes on a life of its own. I use color, line, texture and movement to engage the viewer from every angle. I strive to create work that is ephemeral and evocative, to embrace the fragility of the earth's current state, and to help bring that beauty into spaces where we live and work.
Daane Chesnut received a Bachelor in Fine Art from UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara. After graduation she worked as a graphic and product designer earning national and international awards. Although she now works full time in fine art, her years in design are evident in the color, composition, and balance of her paintings. Sheryl Daane Chesnut currently lives and works in San Luis Obispo, CA.