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North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) is exhibiting the exquisite oil compositions of Williston artist Daphne JohnsonClark through December 2021 on the 18th, or observatory floor, of the Capitol Building. There are 26 large-scale oil paintings that capture a moment in time, the lifestyle of the rancher, a beautiful day or the essence of a loved one. This excellent well-lit space provides great views, in addition to displaying historical photos of the Capitol building over the years.
Daphne was raised in rural North Dakota, near the Montana border, where she spent much of her adolescence at her grandparent’s ranch; chasing cows, building fences, milking cows and helping check for spring calves. She has always loved to be outside enjoying the nature that North Dakota and Montana have to offer. Over the years, Daphne has watched the ranching life and quiet natural areas in North Dakota and Montana disappear, giving way to an oil-based economy.
In 2012, Daphne enrolled at the Academy of Art University to pursue a Master’s in Fine Art. Like the ranchers she depicts, Daphne believes in hard work. She selected AAU because of their philosophy that anyone can create art if they are willing to put in the work. It was a natural fit to bring together her background and love for ranching and the outdoors into her paintings. Daphne believes there is a story in these rural areas just waiting to be told to the rest of the world and she wants to tell that story. To learn more visit https://www.daphneclarkart.com.
For more information on featured artists in the Capitol visit https://www.arts.nd.gov/featured-artists-capitol.