Passionate Painter Podcast Episode 11 – After a Career in Environmental Education, Daniel Sivek Launches His Second Act as a Naturalist Artist

Artist Daniel SivekDaniel Sivek is a painter, sculptor and mixed-media artist. Nature and natural landscapes inspire much of his work - from Wisconsin’s Northwoods and southern bluffs to the beaches and parklands of Florida. Extensive international travel – in Western Europe, China, Central America, Australia, and New Zealand – and travel across most the U.S. have broadened his perspective on art, culture, and nature.

Oil and pastels are Daniel’s preferred media, though I also use acrylic, pencil, watercolor; and occasionally sculpt in cork or wood. Since 2014, he’s painted in the Historic Third Ward Plein Air Competition in Milwaukee. Near home in central Wisconsin, he splits his work between the natural and urban environments. In the warm months he often paints en plein air with a small group of artists. For a few weeks each winter, Daniel paints palm trees, shorebirds and other subjects native to Florida.

Continuing education is important to him. Each month, he meets with five other artists to critique one another’s work, and he participates annual workshops to learn from outstanding artists and attend figure drawing sessions to maintain and hone his drawing skills.

In 2016, Daniel was juried into Gallery Q and Q Artists Cooperative in Stevens Point. Since May 2019, he’s shown at Moondeer and Friends Gallery in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin. His work there ties to the forests, wildlife, and abundance of lakes. Daniel’s art has been juried into and received awards at the local, regional, and state levels; and is in individual and business collections.


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  1. Marilyn Boire on November 30, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Hello. I thought this was a good conversation between the interviewer and the artist. Back and forth flowed well. Topics discussed were clear, concise, and information sharing on several topics. I particularly liked the business suggestions. Many times artists are professional at their craft but lack understanding of marketing it. Great job.

    • Caroline Italia on December 8, 2019 at 4:54 pm

      Thank you! I’m so glad you got a lot out of the interview. I work at touching on each artist’s business perspective during the interview in hopes of providing valuable information.