The Art of Daniel Ambrose

Hauntingly Beautiful Paintings -Inspiration – Education

Morning Whispers

“I like it quiet in the mornings.” This, I am certain I heard her whisper…

“Find what you love, and make it yours”

Wolf Moon, egg tempera painting, moonrise over duness
Wolf Moon, egg tempera painting. Hughes Gallery – SOLD

The paintings of Daniel Ambrose are renowned for their extraordinary luminosity and soulfulness seldom attained by contemporary artists. Highly proficient in painting in oil and watercolor, Ambrose is also master of painting in the historic medium of egg tempera, perfected by the Renaissance artists 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.

A Florida native with a professional career spanning over 25 years, Ambrose is a founding member of the American Tonalist Society. Ambrose’s paintings are exhibited in numerous solo gallery shows and museums  and included in many important art collections worldwide.

Recently Acquired Paintings

A selection of  paintings recently sold in fine art galleries.

six sparrows on sea oats. Egg tempera painting by Daniel Ambrose

Six for Gold, Egg Tempera -Hughes Gallery – SOLD

Sparrows-Sea-OatsIVww-Egg Tempera painting by Daniel Ambrose

Sparrows & Sea Oats IV, egg tempera -Cheryl Newby Gallery – SOLD

Daniel Ambrose Exhibits at these Fine Art Galleries




South Carolina


North Carolina

From the Journal

Inspiring stories behind the paintings, life as an artist…

Six For Gold, for now

Six For Gold, for now

  The idea for Six for Gold and nine companion paintings came about six years ago after my Grandma Dewey died. She was 104. The seed of inspiration for a series of ten paintings germinated when I wrote this post about her: Grandma Dewey: Lullabies and Laughter. Six...

Egg Tempera Workshop in Maine

Egg Tempera Workshop in Maine

  I am happy to announce I am teaching my first egg tempera workshop in Maine, July 25 - August 1, 2020. The location will be at a rambling old house on the water in Port Clyde. The workshop is 4 days. However, I've made arrangements to have the house for 7 nights. So...

The Beckoning

The Beckoning

Forty years, three months and twenty-one days ago, I sobered up. I got off the dead-end road I was headed down, and took the beckoning one — as the poet Robert Frost penned, the one less traveled. As 2019 comes to a close, I look back in wonder on it and the preceding...

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.