"I'll never forget this feeling of wanting to draw everything in my world forever."
Artist Daniel Graham Loxton on seeing Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks for the first time.
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Daniel, age 4
Daniel painting with his dad
Can you describe a formative experience visiting a museum or gallery?
When I was about 8 years old, Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks were displayed at the Museum of Natural History here in New York and my parents took me to see them. There were many things that interested me at the time: animals, airplanes, fossils, waves, but especially drawing. Most things I saw, I drew. I still vividly recall Leonardo's notebook pages, which had a mirror propped up in their spine to reflect his backward handwritten words in order to read them. There were hundreds of drawings in there too, on a whole range of subjects, all in one notebook: a corkscrew winged helicopter, a giant cannon, bears, sea creatures, birds, eyeballs, soldiers, funny people with cartoon big noses...I was mesmerized by the breadth and detail of it all. I'll never forget this feeling of wanting to draw everything in my world forever.
Daniel Graham Loxton
oil, wax, Japanese watercolor, paper collage and acrylic house paint on linen