When we were children the world held an amazing amount of magic for us in each day. With open eyes we observed things we couldn’t yet comprehend, and perhaps because of that, we could appreciate it even more. Watercolor artist and illustrator Daniel Mackie’s fanciful animal illustrations remind me of those times of wonder, filling his unique creatures with the wild, colorful habitats they would occupy in an imaginative and wondering mind.
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Mackie says the shape of his animals draw much of their stylistic influence from the Art Deco movement. Each is creatively rendered in a form which emphasizes its animal character. Inside, the landscapes which fill these forms are fantastically colorful, stylized and lush: patchwork skies of pink clouds, crashing waves in azure seas, and foliage galore. His influence comes from the prints of the Japanese Ukiyo-e period of the 17th through 20th centuries.
Mackie offers his work in both high-quality limited edition prints and stationary card forms, all offered at reasonable prices through his website, The DM Collection.