A family venture
We love nature, wildlife, and art. We believe there are many people who share the same love and that made us start our business.
About the artist
Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Daniel Guentchev is an associate professor of philosophy at Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota. Beginning his formal education in drawing at the age of thirteen, Daniel earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from Green Mountain College in Vermont. In addition, he earned a Bachelor of Art in Philosophy.
After deciding to pursue his studies in Philosophy, he specialized in Philosophy of Art and earned his doctorate at Southern Illinois University.
Living in rural Northern Minnesota, Daniel finds himself fascinated with the variety of wildlife that inhabits the area and it has become a prominent subject along with studies of human form. Mother Nellie and sister Sonya share Daniel’s love for wildlife and decided it was time to show his work to the world and make it part of our everyday life.
About his work in his own words
My studies in philosophy continue to be influenced by my former art education, but my drawing is also in turn influenced by my philosophical education.
Prior to my pursuit of a degree in philosophy, I had been trained in classical drawing. I fell in love with line work and cross-hatching. I learned much from studying the etchings of Rembrandt. As a child, I had always been fascinated by animals, particularly large mammals. My philosophical interests gave new direction to my fascinations.
Drawing animals allowed me to explore a part of the world that we are less familiar with. My goal is to portray even common animals in a way that allow us to look at them differently from the way we are accustomed. I have always been impressed with the lightness with which Rembrandt draws his compositions, his use of dark negative space, and his tendency to leave parts of the composition unfinished while providing minute detail in other areas. I attempt, in my own ways, to put these elements to work. They allow the viewer to feel simultaneously close to the subject matter, and not entirely familiar to it. One’s imagination is invited to finish the unfinished areas, never quite giving the object completely and clearly. This simultaneous bringing closer and keeping at a distance, making familiar and upsetting our familiarity, is something I strive toward in my drawings.