The Art of Daniel Ambrose

Hauntingly Beautiful Paintings

“Find what you love, and make it yours”

Available Paintings




South Carolina

Egg tempera painting of Carolina Wren perched in broken window of abandoned schoolhouse


North Carolina

egg tempera painting of a cove at sunset in Port Clyde, Maine


Rhode Island

“Daniel paints with such a tender and open heart and I always love hosting an exhibit for him.” – Barbara Hughes

Ten for a Bird, Not to Be Missed

Egg Tempera, 24 x 36 in.

Inquire: Hughes Gallery

The extraordinary, luminous paintings of Daniel Ambrose reside in exceptional art collections worldwide. Ambrose is a master of painting in the historic medium of egg tempera, perfected in the High Renaissance centuries ago. To create his timeless egg tempera paintings, Ambrose makes his own paint from a 15th century Italian recipe, using egg yolks and natural earth pigments.

Recently Sold Paintings

Soaring – Oil -Hughes Gallery – SOLD

egg tempera painting of snowy egret on a brach in the water

May Twilight- Egg Tempera – Hughes Gallery – SOLD

From the Journal

Inspiring stories behind the paintings, life as an artist…

A Flicker of Time  – Dancing Fireflies

A Flicker of Time – Dancing Fireflies

  "Even if time is just a flicker of light" - Neil Finn A Flicker of Time is a large oil painting, 36 x 48 inches available at Hughes Gallery. Many of my paintings begin life as words and memories. Word pictures alight from passages in books, overheard conversations...

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Her Grace Shimmers and Shines

Her Grace Shimmers and Shines

  Her Grace is one of seven small egg tempera paintings on my easel right now. See on Instagram. In a previous post, The Light Keepers, I asked for your earliest memory. It was heartening to read your emails and comments sharing your own memories. Thank you. Your...

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May Twilight Selected for Copley Society National Show

May Twilight Selected for Copley Society National Show

  I am pleased to announce that my egg tempera painting May Twilight was selected for the Copley Society National Show: Connected Land & Sea! I wrote a little about my inspiration for May Twilight in this post. The Copley Society of Art is the oldest non-profit...

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The Art of Egg Tempera Painting

Exhibition • Enrichment • Enlightenment

What is Egg Tempera Painting?

I taught myself the technique of painting in egg tempera about 30 years ago from a recipe written in the 15th century by the Italian artist Cennino Cennini. While rummaging around an antiquated bookstore, I discovered a 1933 edition of The Craftsman’s Handbook.

How to Prepare Egg Tempera Panels

The humble egg has proven itself to be an enduring painting medium throughout art history. Egg was used as a paint binder by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks thousands of years ago. During the European Renaissance, the art of egg tempera painting flourished before gradually declining as oil found it’s way into painters studios.

Why Egg?

The earliest recorded history of using egg to make paint is beleived to be in the creation of  the Fayum mummy portraits in 80 A.D.