He started painting at the age of eleven. Since teenage years Daniel has had opportunity to paint with master artist Richard Schmid, who has become a mentor and sort of art adviser to Daniel throughout their close friendship. Daniel's work is now highly sought after by discerning collectors and hangs in many prominent collections throughout North America, Europe, and Russia. Also he teaches workshops that often draw students from around the world. He has won numerous awards and his work has graced the covers of multiple magazines including Art of the West (twice), American Artist, American Art Collector, and the premier European art publication, Pratique des Arts.
Daniel's oil paintings are done in the ala prima method and have a fresh and life-like appearance despite the loose manner in which the paint is applied, not surprising since he has spent a significant amount of time studying with Master Artist Richard Schmid.