Artist Interview: Daniel DeLaRoche
What are your earliest memories related to art?
As a young child, maybe 7–8 yrs old, I would draw the pictures on cereal boxes like Frankin-berry, Boo-berry and Count Choch-u-la.
Then moved to Looney tunes and “draw Bambie” from the magazines
How and when did you start becoming an artist yourself?
I have no formal trading other than art courses offered in my High School yrs.
As a teenager I did win an art contest to pay tuition fee for summer camp.
I didn’t start “commissioning” my work untill 2007.
What was the evolution like toward finding your current voice and visual vocabulary?
Over many yrs I would either put a drawing on the shelf or give it away.
I drew my home town (Camden NY) Town Hall and decided to have it made into reprints and sold in local venues.
From there home owners came to me to have their homes drawn.
What is your process like?
I take multiple photos of home/building, to include close up of detailed Windows and doors and specific points of attention.
I then draw the piece to the desired dimensions at clients request.
Is there anything from your artist statement that you wish to expound on, that you normally don’t have the chance to discuss?
You can take a photo of a home and blow it up and frame it. You can even photo shop it to look unique.
A drawing brings much more uniqueness a personalized touch and comes with great pride as viewed and discussed in conversation.
What do you try to control in your surfaces, and what do you leave to chance?
I try to control centralized detail but always leave the edges to fade out as to what surroundings would continue
Where do you see your work going from here?
Drawing and bringing joy to many of those here in East Texas