Landscape architect Daniel Lopez spends his on design projects around the globe, but when he needs a break, he turns to two passions: fly fishing and art. Growing up in Southern California, where he still lives, Daniel fell in love with fly fishing early, as his dad took the family on angling vacations to the northern part of the state or to Oregon to chase trout, salmon, and steelhead. Nowadays, Daniel stashes a fly rod in his luggage on his business travels, and he’s fished as far away as the Middle East and Asia.
When he can’t get away to a trout stream, he relaxes by creating colorful, visually exciting works of art. Although he has no formal art training, Daniel’s designs reveal a keen eye for detail and for capturing action. His “Splash” series, especially, seek to portray the fish in motion, rather than as still-life subjects. He also creates abstract works that build on the natural beauty of fish skin, as well as images of favorite fly patterns. His work is mixed media, usually started by hand and then painted and finished digitally in a variety of graphic-art programs.