Paul Daniel Gold
Website & Places you can find my work online
Where I am
Delray Beach, Florida
Tell us a little about you, what is your background & where do you come from?
I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I coached fencing and football.
When did you take your first picture?
I always was creative, when I was 10 years old I was featured in the local paper for a clay sculpture of my cat. I also enjoyed taking home movies with the old 8mm cameras.
The first money I earned with a camera was in the mid 80’s in Akron, Ohio. I was attending a sports trade show selling photos I captured at sporting events.
I hired a teenager to pass out postcards…Turns out that young lady was Melina Kanakaredes co-star of CSI New York. She was just getting started in the modeling industry.
What kind of camera do you use?
You modify photographs to create your art, can you tell us a little about the process?
That is a hard question to answer in the space allowed but I will tell you that it is a process that I have developed over 25 years when I used to freeze frame images of my fencers at matches and then create art utilizing video equipment.
Similar to the special effects that you see in motion pictures.
Who are your main influences?
I really like Leroy Neiman‘s use of vivid colors and brush strokes.
What made you first start photographing horses?
When I first moved to South Florida in the early 90’s I was taking photographs of models and performing artists.
A friend of mine invited me to go on a trail ride and I was very moved by their sweet eye, beauty and power.
Do you (or did you) have an animal that is the muse behind your work?
He is the rescued race horse that I used to create a portrait to help raise money for the SPCA. The artwork was featured in CNN.com’s online art gallery.
We have a special bond and even if I do not see him for months when I turn the corner by his stall and ask him if he missed me…I swear he shakes his head as to say yes!
Of course I trained him to do that with a peppermint but I am convinced that he does in fact look for me everyday. smile
Do you have any secret rituals you do to help you get in the zone for your art? Ahhh, good question…When I am taking pictures I look to capture images that will stand the test of time and be cherished as precious memories of children and their horses.
What effect do you think the Internet will have on art in general?
Exposing millions of people to your passion and hopefully will have a positive impact on their lives.
Has it had an effect on yours?
For sure, I really enjoy YouTube videos showcasing beautiful horses and the stories that go with them
Which one is your personal favorite piece?
“The Princess”, because it was chosen from thousands of submissions to CNN, educating the general public about animal abuse.
Would you ever sell it?
Yes…it is currently available as a limited edition
What else are you passionate about? Playing musical instruments and raising money for worthy causes.
Working on anything new?
Yes, speaking of the later….I am working on creating a portrait to help raise money for a rider who was injured in a freak accident.
I also have developed a technique to create a 3D effect for head shots which can be seen in my website under the heading of New Products.
More to Come
Thanks to Paul for answering the interview and sharing his art. Be sure to check out his art website periodically for updates about his latest works.
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