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Daggi Wallace

Surf Artist

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Daggi Wallace

Dallas, Texas, USA (German)

Born and raised in Berlin, Germany, and now living in Ventura County near Los Angeles, California, Daggi specializes in contemporary portraits. She is a Master Circle Member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America and Signature Member of the Pastel Society of the Southwest, a juried member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and Degas Pastel Society, and a member of the California Art Club and the Portrait Society of America.

In 2012 she was selected as Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo, CA, where she maintains her studio and serves on its board of directors.

Her work has been shown at the National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club in NYC, the Butler Institute of American Art, OH, and is in the permanent collection of the Wichita Center for the Arts, KS.

Awards have included Best of Show, Awards of Excellence and Purchase Awards in regional and national juried exhibitions.

Her paintings are in numerous American and European collections. She has a long list of portrait commission clients, including Grammy award winning blues musician Buddy Guy.

"My paintings of surfers was inspired not only by the beauty of the ocean's colors but by the interaction between man and nature. The surfers' twisted, angular bodies juxtaposed against the flowing, moving waves create a natural abstract design that is pure joy to observe. Spending many hours on the beaches of California and Hawaii photographing the surfers becomes a kind of meditation, a spirituality I hope to pass along. My husband has completely embraced surfing since we made our permanent move to California, spends endless hours in the water and volunteers at events, giving me plenty of opportunity to observe, paint and gather more reference material."