Damian was born in 1980 in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. He grew up with a penchant for drawing and nature, playing and exploring on the fields and farms around the home. From an early age he was indefatigably drawing, especially birds.
As a child, he spent weekends as the only student in the studio of a water colour artist, who noticed his young skill at capturing fine detail. He began oil painting at the age of 20.
Damian’s artworks often portray hidden metaphors. His landscapes are mostly done ‘en plein air’, setting up his home-made fold-able easel in the vineyards or fields, or painting with a board propped up against the steering wheel of his car. The natural beauty of his local area always inspires him. Nudes and figures are mostly done from life.
Damian also fills many notebooks with doodles and quick pen sketches, trying to capture people, animals or places as quickly as possible. Pen drawing is an invaluable skill that improves the imagination, the eye, looseness and spontaneity, and one’s brush strokes in painting. Basic tools like a pen or piece of chalk or charcoal are fascinating because here the artist has no safety net, and their personality is as readable in a few, simple lines as one’s handwriting.
Taking many of the influences from the past and present masters, Damian tries to paint ‘that which ignites the heart and the eyes,’ being true to his own wants as an artist. He paints because he wants to be authentic; seeking originality and trying to find the balance between mystery and accessibility.