Being drawn by a powerful calling from the Big Island of Hawaii in 1999 was a key factor to further expand his reverence to Mother Earth with his creative glass work. He currently lives and works in Puna, where he gets his inspiration from living close to Pele, the Nature force of the volcano Kilauea which is located just a few miles away from his home/studio. The Puna region is also known for its dramatic ocean waters. Waves eternally and passionately crash on the breathtaking lava cliffs moving Daniel to give birth to his ocean wave series.
“I fell in love with glass as a medium to express my love and connection to nature. When I approach glass in its fluid state, I feel as if this connection is enhanced. Tuning into this sacred space, allows me to understand the link between the earth elements and my own.Glass is not only a material, it is matter, living its own life, a powerful medium of communication. It is both beautiful and treacherous. It lends itself to metaphor because it can imitate some things, such as Water, Magma, Stone and suggests other things like Air and Light. It is poetry.The ephemeral changing colors and movement of magma and moving water are properties of the glass itself. It can be liquid, viscous, transparent, opaque, shiny, solid, adaptable, flowing and versatile. This makes it the perfect material to express the dynamic raw and liberating energy revealed in the Aina (land) of Hawaii”.
Both creator and executor of his works, his creativity is upheld by production skills that come from a life of experience. It is through that wealth that he continually explores and pushes the boundaries to create even more exquisite designs. This is further enhanced by his personal connection to Nature, his experiences, encounters and exchanges, as well as a wide variety of different interests that gives richness and expansion to his work.