Willie Daniels’ paintings are technically skilled and emotionally strong. He grew up watching his neighbors Harold Newton and Roy McLendon paint.
As was the case with other Highwaymen, Willie learned by watching. By the mid-1960s, he was creating his own work. He imitated Harold Newton the most. “Harold was Number One,” he once said. “Everyone wanted to be like him. Masterpieces off the top of his head.” Willie would show his finished paintings to Harold for a critique, however, Harold rarely commented on anyone’s work. The most advice Willie ever got from Harold was to lower his horizon line.
When riots broke out in Fort Pierce on April 8, 1968, after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, Daniels was arrested for a curfew violation. He was a young man during the Civil Rights Movement and he felt the rage of racism. Like others in his community, he wanted a better life and was willing to work for it. However, when the demand for landscape paintings faded in the 1970s and Willie had to find other work.
"Florida Highwaymen" is the collective name given to a small group of African American painters from Ft. Pierce, Florida, who began painting Florida landscapes in the late 1950s. Willie Daniels has been elected to the Hall of Fame.
Much more information can be found on "Highwaymans Trail" as well as the Florida Department of State Dept of Cultural Affairs..
PLEASE NOTE: A very recent sale (December, 2017) of one of Willie Daniel's paintings at Burchard realized $8,000.00.
Artist: WILLIE DANIELS (American, born 1950)
Title: Fire Sky Over The Marsh
Medium: Oil on Board
Size: 12 by 16 inches; framed 15 1/2 by 19 1/2 inches.
Signed: W. Daniels (lower right.)
Condition: Both painting and frame are in Very Good Condition.
Please note - I understand that there are a number of copies being fraudulently made and marketed as originals. This painting is absolutely authentic.