My birth name is Daniel Raymon Grych. Originally from Lyons, Illinois, but my home has been in DeKalb, Illinois for most of my life. Alma Maters are Morton College, Cicero, Illinois and Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, with a Baccalaureate of Fine Arts Degree in Drawing and Painting (1974) with elective studio classes in printmaking.
I have worked in professional environments: an art studio on Michigan Avenue, corporate purchasing in the Chicago Loop, a silkscreen print shop in Addison, and civil service in several departments at Northern Illinois University. Grateful for commission opportunities drawing over fifty ink portraits for the NIU Athletic Hall of Fame, and several architectural renderings. Volunteered as a lead artist for a community mural, chair a mural committee for downtown DeKalb, and organized community art fairs. I have sold fine art since the year 2000 and professionally photographed fine art since 1990. I owned DeKalb Gallery a fine-art consignment gallery from 2000 – 2008, worked momentarily in a prestigious fine art gallery in Sedona, Arizona, and juried several art shows,
My endeavors in the visual arts have been primarily with the two-dimensional. I explored the use of color with transparent additives in the paint for oil paintings and screen prints. I have photographed the high desert and wild flowers of northern Arizona, as well as urban and rural landscapes of the DeKalb, Illinois area. Currently I am working on a series of vertical photographic landscapes, which is an inspiration from the fifteenth century “Book of Hours” by the Limbourg Brothers, that depicts everyday life in Medieval Europe. My methods of picture framing emulate my subject matter. From cutting a Romanesque arch rather than a standard rectangle my images create another dimension, as though looking through a doorway or window where a person can quietly observe natural phenomena and celestial events. I manage a drawing group, and as a member I study the human figure using Prismacolor pencils. My art has been displayed in juried exhibitions (notably the Norris Cultural Center in Saint Charles, Illinois and The Art Institute of Chicago Sales and Rental Gallery), fine art consignment galleries, DeKalb Public Library display cases and in a lawyers’ firm.
I own an online fine art gallery, dekalbgallery.com (since 2005), and a frame shop with a fine art consignment gallery in downtown DeKalb, THE ART BOX (since 2011), specializing in picture framing using frame moulding that is commercial and handcrafted, conservation glazing, and acid free substrates. THE ART BOX features monthly art exhibitions and provides the opportunity for art lovers to purchase fine art originals by prominent local artists.