Arkansas artist Daniel Coston will present his latest works in the exhibit BEYOND THE PHOTOGRAPHS, opening Friday, March 11 at Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock.

The public is welcome to attend the opening night reception on March 11 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the gallery. Please join us! It will be a great opportunity to visit with the artist while viewing his works. If you can’t make it that evening, the show will continue through May 7.


“Every year I take a lot of reference snapshots of Arkansas that I add to an ever-growing archive. Many of the images are useless but a few remind me of things I saw as a kid in Southeastern Arkansas. Some even seem iconic to me, expressing something about the geography we call home.

So I work on these pictures…drawing the scenes until I think I can do something worthwhile. These photos evoke memories in me. I want to bring these memories back. At times, the memories could be about the sunlight on a particular day…the sky in December…the thunderheads boiling up over a field.

I call this show BEYOND THE PHOTOGRAPHS because the ideas for most paintings come from a snapshot. As I work up the painting, I have to expand the visual information in order to make it work. One thing I almost always do is to look into the shadows so I can understand what is hidden and bring those things into view. The photos are what I start with but they are not what I finish with.

I intentionally take snapshots because I don’t want to copy a wonderfully detailed photo. My goal is to take the visual information and build it up into the world I remember seeing last year or even when I was just a kid.”

Daniel Coston is a native of Monticello, Arkansas. He completed his BA in Art from Harding University. He predominantly paints with acrylic, but his style is influenced by Eakins, Hopper, and Wyeth. Coston has had solo shows at Cantrell Gallery (Little Rock) and Aerie Art (Rehoboth Beach, DE). His paintings are in numerous public and private collections and have been included in the Arkansas Arts Center’s Delta Exhibition. He lives and works in Fayetteville, Arkansas. You can visit his website at or view more of his works on Facebook and or Instagram @costonartstudio

Cantrell Gallery is located at 8206 Cantrell Road in Little Rock. The phone number is 501-224-1335. The gallery is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., or by appointment.