Daniela Roughsedge

Contemporary Realist Painter




Why do I paint


"If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. Also, you will have betrayed your community in failing to make your contribution." Rollo May




Art is communicating at a human level. It reminds us of what is important and has the ability to transcend boundaries. Art for me is about beauty, about capturing a fleeting moment in time, an overlooked feature of a familiar object or face.

I’ve always been drawn to the realist tradition as a powerful visual communication method. Sometimes my paintings start as a reaction to something that moved me in my surroundings, other times it starts with an idea or concept that undergoes a series of sketches, both drawings and paintings, until it develops into a final painting.

I see art as a process, a continuous search and introspection. I hope some of my search for meaning and beauty will resonate with the viewers.



Since as long as I can remember I had a passion for art - always had a drawing or a painting in progress. It wasn't always clear to me that art was what I should be doing for a living until later, after many years spent in academic research as an environmental economist.


I started taking a few evening art classes which made me soon realize that expressing my inner visual images required a more solid foundation in drawing. As soon as I heard of The Florence Academy of Art opening a school in Sweden, I enrolled in their program. After studying three years of figure drawing and painting at the Florence Academy of Art in Mölndal I finally decided to dedicate myself entirely to art.



My backgrgound


I was born in Transylvania, Romania and since 1992 live in Gothenburg, Sweden.


I am working and teaching classical drawing and painting techniques in my own atelier (to find out more go here)


I am currently looking for gallery representation both in Sweden and abroad.