A TRUE ARTIST DOESN’T HAVE TO LIMIT HIMSELF TO ONE MEDIUM TO EXPRESS HIMSELF. CREATIVITY FINDS MANY WAYS OF EXPRESSION. SOME START WITH PHOTOGRAPHY AND DEVELOP THEMSELVES INTO DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS, OFTEN RELATED TO THEIR FIRST PASSION. OTHERS DO IT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. NO MATTER WHAT MEDIUM YOU USE TO VISUALIZE YOUR CREATIVITY, WHAT COUNTS IS THE VISION YOU HAVE AND THE POINT OF VIEW YOU TAKE.
Dan Simoneau has been creating art for pretty much all his life. He began taking lessons when he was in middle school and by the time he was a sophomore in high school, he was exhibiting and competing at the adult level already. Later he went to college for the fine arts at the University of Southern Maine, where he majored in painting, pottery and printmaking and minored in art history. He graduated in 1984. Cum laude.
It seems needless to point out that for Dan Simoneau art plays an important role in his life. During and after his studies he has been exhibiting his work all through the United States and his paintings can be found in many private collection. Painting I hear you ask? But why talk about paintings if we showcase photography? Good question. And an easy one to answer.
Dan Simoneau, born in Maine but currently residing in Wisconsin, has specialized himself in the art of photographic painting. In order to do so, he takes photographs to begin with and uses those as reference for his paintings. Besides paintings, Dan realized that the quality of his photographs, meant to be raw material, improved more and more until recently he came to the conclusion that those photographic images could easily stand on their own as art. And so he began to exhibit his photographs as well, and, as it was with his paintings, quickly received recognition for his work.
It is often stated that if you want to have a great body, you should start working out at an early age. That is when your muscle groups are formed easiest. When you get older, it simply gets harder. Unfortunately that’s true. Nick DiCristina started to hit the gym seriously when he was 18 but has been doing sports and gymnastics ever since he was in grade school. Passionate athlete, practising soccer, baseball, basketball and volleyball, Nick really discovered his love for weigh lifting once he got into high school. Nick has taken fitness pretty serious and is now, 11 years after he started tossing weights, an authority when it comes to fitness routines and healthy lifestyle and a beacon for many young men who dream of having the perfect body and are willing to go all the way for it. To make the necessary sacrifices.
As we all know, often working out and modelling go hand in had. As it is the case for Nick DiCristina. Nick has worked with several renowned photographers, Dan Simoneau being one of them. Having such an artistic background as Dan, Nick must be a godsend. Nick is the embodiment of the perfect man, a figure that seems to have been carved from the finest marble, or painted in the purest paint. For Dan, who appreciate the male figure because of its sculptural qualities and because of its strength, Nick was the perfect model. Stating that light is his main subject matter in all of his work, Dan prefers to work with natural light or everyday lighting as much as possible. Hoping you can enjoy his point of view on the male form and the usages of light as much as he does himself, Dan self-published a male-figure photography book titles “Men” and an photo essay also dedicated to the male form, titles “The Letter”. Both can be found and purchased on his website and blurb.com. –BM-
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