Daniel Mauk

Daniel Mauk

Portrait Artist

February 5, 2019


Portraits In Color LLC.


Tell us more about some of your past projects?

As an artist, my studio time is usually spent working on commissions, WHICH I LOVE TO DO! But, when I do carve out time for independent projects, I typically donate a few of the drawings to various fund-raising events such as Toledo School for the Arts' Undisclosed and the MIX Toledo.

What current projects are you working on?

I am so excited about my upcoming show at the Hudson Gallery in June. Actually, it is more of a community event/party and less of an art show. Whatever the nomenclature, the drawings for this event chronicle a fictional, single A minor league baseball team called the Libbey Glasscutters. The glasscutters were all the rage in Toledo during the 1960s. The show in June helps tell their story but really, this show is an excuse for the city of Toledo to get together for a night of art philosophizing, popcorn eating, beer drinking, and dancing…all in celebration of this amazing city.

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?

I love Toledo! Where do I start? Firstly, I get all my art supplies at Art Supply Depot, the best art supply store in the world. Secondly, Toledo is specifically awesome because there exists an energy of teamwork and good will in the air. It seems every cool or interesting event only really happened because a ton of people (creatives and business owners), working together, were like “yo, let’s make this a dope happening.”

When not in my studio working . . .

I have a circuit of coffeeshops in which I like to draw: Sunday morning you can find me at Maddie and Bella with my homie Pascual. A casual weeknight night my jam is Sip coffee. When I want to stand up and draw, RustBelt. I could go on and on but yeah, Toledo is a fantastic place to be creative.

Tell us about one of your greatest successes.

This upcoming show! Another memorable night was at the Renaissance hotel during their International day of celebration. It was sunny out, Birds Eye View Circus was doing their thing, and then, out of nowhere, this brass band from NYC came through the doors and, almost literally, blew the roof off of the place! I was shook. People were dancing. Toledoans were partying and it was a beautiful evening and memory.

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?

Artist, Mitch Raney has amazing paintings and drawings. Edward Hopper of course. Going to the Toledo Museum of Art fills me with inspiration every time.

Tell us about your background.

I grew up in Tontogany, Ohio. I attended BGSU and earned a degree in Art Education. Since graduation, I have been splitting my time between being an artist and an educator. I am currently transitioning away from education and most recently, started my own business, Portraits In Color. Oh yeah, I am also a wedding DJ for Touch the Sky DJs and that is super fun!.

Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?

The discipline of showing up makes all the difference. Shout out to Rick.

Favorite place for local culture?

The Art Loops hands down. St. Clair street is LIT during those loops. Also, Handmade has some fantastic work and events and shows.

Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .

Not to sound creepy, but Woodlawn Cemetery is a fascinating place.
My favorite place to chill locally is . . . West Toledo library is relaxing in the mornings OR, Sip coffee has these super fun chairs that make you feel as if you are in a Dr. Seuss story.

My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . .

McQueens apple Orchard. The smell and trees and shade from those trees and the bees buzzing around…perfection. 

When I’m not working hard, I can always be found at . . . 

The thing is, I am always working hard at drawing, which is my favorite thing to do, which means I am usually drawing . . . but, I guess a golf course …probably. I like to golf.

If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people . . .

Toledo seems to be doing it right, but keep bringing EVERYONE together to art happenings is a good mantra in which to march.

Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with.

I would love to collaborate with Drake. I will collaborate with Drake within 5 years. I will keep you updated on that.

Name a CD, book or website you can’t live without.

Dwell.com. I love architecture and interior design.

3 words that best describe me or my work are . . .

Colorful, Professional, Genuine.

Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks.

Aenema by Tool
If Youre Reading This Its Too Late by Drake
For Emma by Bon Iver
Coloring Book by Chance The Rapper
Hustle! Reggae Disco by Soul Jam Records

My biggest vice is . . .

Sweets. OMG, it is terrible. I have the biggest sweet tooth so if there is a brownie nearby or Sourpatch Kids afoot, look out.

I’d like to see Ai Weiwei do something baller in Toledo.

The last lyric that moved me was . . .

“I just wanna be a good man, good man.”    Ne-Yo

One movie character I identify with is . . .

Butch Cassidy. He was always dreaming of doing big things and he refused to let himself become bored with life. This particular character trait is what made, and makes, him a gangster in my mind.

The best gift I’ve ever received was . . .

A cliché to be sure, but my ability to see things and translate those into beautiful drawings is the greatest bit of luck, or gift if you must, I have ever received.

My most inspiring moment was/is . . .

When I make myself laugh during a drawing. That ability to surprise myself is something I chuckle about the next day and that inspires me to get back into the studio.

I want my last meal to be . . . 

Eaten with the love of my life, Sarah Drummer.


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