Florals

Just try to paint flowers without being boring.

"Poppies for K" Acrylic painting on canvas (36" x 24") by Dano Carver
“Poppies for K” Acrylic painting on canvas (36″ x 24″), 2019
"Calla Lillies" Acrylic painting on canvas (24" x 18") by Dano Carver
“Calla Lillies #2″ Acrylic painting on canvas (24″ x 18”), 2018
"Orange Tulips" Acrylic painting on canvas (24" x 36") by Dano Carver
“Orange Tulips” Acrylic painting on canvas (24″ x 36″), 2017
“Table for Tulips” Acrylic painting on canvas (22″ x 28″), 2011
“Dogwood in a Vase” Acrylic painting on canvas (18″ x 24″), 2013

Architectural

Paintings where focus lies on architecture, both outdoors views and interiors. 

"Seattle Science Center Arches" Mixed media with acrylic and melted crayon (24" x 36) by Dano Carver.
“Seattle Science Center Arches” Mixed media with acrylic and melted crayon (24″ x 36).

Cars

Paintings of vintage-style cars with a perspective that takes it to abstraction.

"'58 Dodge Coronet" Acrylic painting on canvas (48" x 36") by Dano Carver.
“’58 Dodge Coronet” Acrylic painting on canvas (48″ x 36″).
"'38 Chevrolet Master Deluxe" Acrylic painting on canvas (24" x 18") by Dano Carver
“’38 Chevrolet Master Deluxe” Acrylic painting on canvas (24″ x 18″)

Oceanic

Expressive colourisations, imaginative landscapes, and turbulent marine paintings.

"Blue Duet" Acrylic painting on canvas (24" x 36") by Dano Carver
“Blue Duet” Acrylic on canvas (24″ x 36″)

Vintage-Style Portraits

These paintings are a mash up of vintage style fashion and a modern aesthetic.

"Grey Fedora" Acrylic painting on canvas (16" x 20") by artist Dano Carver.
“Grey Fedora” Acrylic painting on canvas (16″ x 20″)
"Red Beret" Acrylic painting on canvas (16" x 20") by artist Dano Carver.
“Red Beret” Acrylic painting on canvas (16″ x 20″)
"Red Hat" Acrylic painting on canvas (16" x 20") by artist Dano Carver.
“Red Hat” Acrylic painting on canvas (16″ x 20″)
"Sarah in Fur and Lace Gloves" Acrylic painting on canvas (12" x 16") by artist Dano Carver.
“Sarah in Fur and Lace Gloves” Acrylic painting on canvas (12″ x 16″)

Chairs

I painted this series of chair. Some of these paintings were among the first pieces painted in acrylic. It was an early exploration of texture. I layered tissue paper with acrylic paint to disguise the canvas grain. And then, I used sharp objects or sandpaper to create a distressed look. What I learned from this experimentation has carried through to many other later works.

My goal for each painting was to paint the chair so that it transcended beyond being just a picture of a piece of furniture. These pieces are like portraits. Chairs have a personality of their own. What I love about these paintings is, they each allow the viewer to tell their own story in their mind. A chair can represent a person, real or imagined… perhaps a loved one that is no longer here.

'Find a Seat #8' - Acrylic painting on canvas (18"w x 24"h). Artist: Daniel (Dano) Carver
‘Find a Seat #8’ – Acrylic painting on canvas (18″w x 24″h).

'Find a Seat #6' - Acrylic painting on canvas (16"w x 20"h). Artist: Daniel (Dano) Carver
‘Find a Seat #6’ – Acrylic painting on canvas (16″w x 20″h).

'Find a Seat #9' - Acrylic painting on canvas (18"w x 24"h). Artist: Daniel (Dano) Carver
‘Find a Seat #9’ – Acrylic painting on canvas (18″w x 24″h).

'Find a Seat #2' - Acrylic painting on canvas (16"w x 20"h). Artist: Daniel (Dano) Carver
‘Find a Seat #2’ – Acrylic painting on canvas (16″w x 20″h).

'Find a Seat #1' - Acrylic painting on canvas (16"w x 20"h). Artist: Daniel (Dano) Carver
‘Find a Seat #1’ – Acrylic painting on canvas (16″w x 20″h).

'Find a Seat #4' - Acrylic painting on canvas (16"w x 20"h). Artist: Daniel (Dano) Carver
‘Find a Seat #4’ – Acrylic painting on canvas (16″w x 20″h).

'Find a Seat #5' - Acrylic painting on canvas (16"w x 20"h). Artist: Daniel (Dano) Carver
‘Find a Seat #5’ – Acrylic painting on canvas (16″w x 20″h)

Birds

Birds, like the robin or humming bird, are common in Washington State where I live. But nonetheless, they are beautiful. And so, I paint them.

"American Robin #6" - acrylic on canvas. Artist: Daniel (Dano) Carver
“American Robin #6” – acrylic on canvas

"American Robin #1" - acrylic on canvas. Artist: Daniel (Dano) Carver
“American Robin #1” – acrylic on canvas.

"American Robin #2" - acrylic on canvas. Artist: Daniel (Dano) Carver
“American Robin #2” – acrylic on canvas.

"American Robin #3" - acrylic on canvas. Artist: Daniel (Dano) Carver
“American Robin #3” – acrylic on canvas.

"American Robin #4" - acrylic on canvas. Artist: Daniel (Dano) Carver
“American Robin #4” – acrylic on canvas.

"American Robin #5" - acrylic on canvas. Artist: Daniel (Dano) Carver
“American Robin #5” – acrylic on canvas.

"Humming Bird #1" - acrylic painting on canvas.
“Humming Bird #1” – acrylic painting on canvas.

Marine Life

I’ve been working on this series of paintings with two themes in mind. First, there is a theme of water. It’s essential to all life. And it ought to be right that is preserved for all. And in the case of sea life, the water holds many mysterious and beautiful creatures like juvenile rock fish and anemones. Second, there is a theme of restoration. As part of my process, I intentionally destroyed the painting by distressing them with sharp objects and sandpaper. Then I repaint the image. Whenever I do this, I’m always surprised by the results. Wonderful things happen that I would have never expected. It’s always more beautiful once it’s been restored.

"Jouvenile Rock Fish and Sea Anemones" - acrylic painting on canvas (16" x 12"). Artist: Daniel (Dano) Carver
“Jouvenile Rock Fish and Sea Anemones” – acrylic painting on canvas (16″ x 12″)

"Puget Sound Under Water Marine Life #2" - acrylic on canvas (12" x 12"). Artist: Daniel (Dano) Carver
“Puget Sound Under Water Marine Life #1″ – acrylic on canvas (12″ x 12”)

"Puget Sound Under Water Marine Life #2" - acrylic on canvas (12" x 12"). Artist: Daniel (Dano) Carver.
“Puget Sound Under Water Marine Life #2″ – acrylic on canvas (12″ x 12”)

"Sea Anemone" - acrylic painting on canvas (30" x 24"), by Daniel (Dano) Carver
“Sea Anemone” – acrylic painting on canvas (30″ x 24″)

Koi Fish

There’s this incredible park not far from my home in Seattle, WA. At Volunteer Park you’ll find a Conservatory and the Seattle Asian Art Museum, of course. Plus, there are all sorts of walking paths, gardens, a kids wading pool, playgrounds, benches, and sculptures. My kids love it. I especially love the lily ponds that are in front of the art museum. They are teeming with koi fish. This is a series of paintings focused on the fish I observed there.

These paintings are full of vibrant colors and interesting, contrasting textures. To give each painting the feeling of movement, I engraved the backgrounds with a pattern of deep grooves, which are reminiscent of the carefully groomed sand found at Japanese gardens. To enhance the variety of textures, I’ve painted the fish onto a textured specialty paper which is affixed to the background. The fish are full of life, painted with brilliant cadmium yellows, oranges and reds, and in some cases silver and iridescent blue highlights.

Painting of koi fish
“Volunteer Park Koi #3” – Acrylic painting on canvas (18″w x 24″h)

Painting of koi fish
“Volunteer Park Koi #4″ – Acrylic painting on canvas (18″w x 24″h)

Painting of koi fish
“Volunteer Park Koi #5″ – Acrylic painting on canvas (24″w x 18″h)

Painting of two koi fish
“Volunteer Park Koi #6” – Acrylic painting on canvas (8″w x 10″h)

Acrylic painting of two koi fish
“Volunteer Park Koi #7” – Acrylic on canvas (10″w x 8″w)

Painting of a koi fish
“Volunteer Park Koi #8″ – Acrylic on canvas (10″w x 8″w)

Chuck-Close-ified portraits

I’ve been heavily influenced lately by the artist Chuck Close. He is best known for painting enormous realistic portraits from photos using a grid method. To create his paintings, Close puts a grid on the photo and on the canvas and meticulously copies the image cell by cell. I’ve employed this similar approach, except I’ve taken my images further away from realism. I’ve attempted to combine the Chuck Close’s technique with textures and techniques of my own. I’ve also chosen to work with small and medium-size canvases in order to achieve an abstract aesthetic when seen at a close distance. However, when the painting is seen at about 100 feet, a striking portrait comes in to full view.

"Frank O #2" Acrylic painting on canvas (18" x 24") by Daniel "Dano" Carver
“Frank O #2″ Acrylic painting on canvas (18″ x 24”)

Chuck-Close-ified selfportrait No. 2 (Acrylic on canvas 16"x16")
Chuck-Close-ified Self-Portrait No. 2 (Acrylic on wood board 16″x16″)

Chuck-Close-ified Self Portrait Dano No. 1
Chuck-Close-ified Self-Portrait No. 1 (Acrylic on canvas 18″x24″)

Musical Instruments

This is a series of acrylic paintings featuring images of musical instruments. All of these paintings are acrylic on canvas.

"Two Violins #2 (Heart to Heart)" – Acrylic painting on canvas (11" w x 14"h)
“Two Violins #2 (Heart to Heart)” – Acrylic painting on canvas (11″ w x 14″h)

Acrylic painting on canvas titled  "Two Violins #1 (No Strings Attached)"  by Daniel R. Carver (aka Dano)
“Two Violins #1 (No Strings Attached)” – Acrylic painting on canvas (18″ w x 24″h)

"Rock of Ages #5" - Acrylic painting on canvas (18" w x 30"h)
“Rock of Ages #5″ – Acrylic painting on canvas (18” w x 30″h)

"Rock of Ages #2" - Acrylic painting on canvas (11"w x 9"h)
“Rock of Ages #2” – Acrylic painting on canvas (11″w x 9″h)

"Rock of Ages #1" - Acrylic painting on canvas (16"w x 20"h)
“Rock of Ages #1” – Acrylic painting on canvas (16″w x 20″h)

"Rock of Ages #6" - Acrylic painting on canvas (11"w x 14"h)
“Rock of Ages #6” – Acrylic painting on canvas (11″w x 14″h)

"Fit as a Violin #3" - Acrylic painting on canvas (11"w x 14"h)
“Fit as a Violin #3” – Acrylic painting on canvas (11″w x 14″h)

"Fit as a Violin #5" - Acrylic painting on canvas (8"w x 10"h)
“Fit as a Violin #5” – Acrylic painting on canvas (8″w x 10″h)