Daniel Van der Putten was born in a small farming village near Leyden in
Holland. Initially he worked for his father in the family horticultural
business, but found that his desire to paint was too strong to ignore.
This desire and ability, no doubt, was inherited from his mother, and
also his aunt who was a professional portrait artist and exhibited
mainly in Holland and America.
On a visit to Australia Daniel met his Scottish wife and on their return
went to live in Scotland. They worked together from the start and
researched and studied various techniques of painting primarily those of
the great Dutch masters, giving attention to observing the natural
landscape wherever they travelled.
Daniel Van der Putten was particularly inspired by the British landscape
and shortly after moving down to England became a full-time painter. His
desire was to faithfully depict the British countryside in its differing
seasons. Daniel's paintings reveal a unique style of his own. He is
interested in showing the vast array of colour, lights and shadow which
appears in nature and his detailed technique reaches perfection in his
treatment of skies and trees.
Daniel is completely self taught, and although he greatly admires the
work of another Leyden artist, namely Rembrandt, he was truly inspired
by the finest Dutch landscape painters of the Dutch romantic period. It
is gratifying to note that a contemporary artist can translate this
inspiration into original work of his own and attain such a high
standard of achievement.
He is an artist of international reputation. His work has been shown in
London, Scotland, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and one-man
exhibitions throughout England, Canada, Taiwan and regularly in various
states of the U.S.A. Daniel Van der Putten's paintings cover a wide
range of different moods and seasons and have a light and intensity that
very few artists can achieve. His work has consistently proved to be a
constant source of enjoyment for private collectors all over the world.