Fine Artist, Daniel Mark Duffy was born in New Jersey in 1961. He pursued his interest in art at a young age,
attending adult painting and drawing classes at the New Jersey Center of Visual Arts and private drawing
instruction with American Realist and Master Draftsman Carroll N. Jones, III.
In 1980 the National Society of Arts and Letters honored Daniel with their Emerging Artist Award. His first Solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints was held at the
Steven’s Institute Gallery in Hoboken, New Jersey. A critical success, it afforded him his first studio. After
attending Pratt Institute for 3 semesters he traveled to Europe to paint, spending a great deal of time in
Ireland, his father’s homeland. A deep passion for the landscape, it’s people and history continue to inspire
and inhabit his work. Upon his return he began accepting both portrait and mural commissions as well as
In 1984, Daniel was awarded a scholarship to Carnegie Mellon University where he furthered his studies in drawing
with Herb Oldes, painting with acclaimed abstract painter Sam Gilliam, and Art History with the internationally
renowned art historian Mrs. Edith Balas.
After receiving his BFA in 1987, he accepted an illustrator’s position at the American Museum of Natural History
in the department of Vertebrate Paleontology. In the late 80’s, he collaborated on a number of commercial art
projects, among them his award-winning young adult book series “Black Americans of Achievement”, “American Women
of Achievement”, “The Boxcar Kids”, “The Dinosaur Detectives”, and the celebrated children’s books
“Molly’s Pilgrim” and “Theodoric’s Rainbow”.
Throughout the 90’s Daniel’s reputation and unique perspective on Portrait Painting brought him to the attention
of Architects and Designers, Corporations and many of America’s finest Universities. He balances his time
now between Portraiture, varied other commissions and his Fine Art that include paintings, drawings and
prints. Daniel Mark Duffy continues to teach and exhibit his work throughout North America and Europe and
welcomes subjects and students to his Connecticut studio by appointment.