The Art of Daniel Ambrose

Haunting Beautiful Paintings

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South Carolina

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


North Carolina


Rhode Island

Higher Ground – Egg Tempera – Cheryl Newby Gallery

The extraordinary, luminous paintings of Daniel Ambrose reside in fine 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 Acquired Paintings

Live by the Moon, Love by the Sea – Oil -Hughes Gallery – SOLD

Oil painting of moonrise with heron

Here With You – Oil – Cheryl Newby Gallery – SOLD

From the Journal

Inspiring stories behind the paintings, life as an artist…

The Beckoning Sea

The Beckoning Sea

  The beckoning sea wind assures me that this too shall pass. Grand friends will gather on porches of seaside houses and around sizzling grills, making happy memories. Our cares cast aside for another day. If we only knew when. Whether I accept or deny it, the reality...

May Twilight in the Time of Covid-19

May Twilight in the Time of Covid-19

  May Twilight is one of 14 paintings I delivered to Cheryl Newby Gallery in South Carolina for my Summer Show. The exhibition runs from June 27 to July 25. It was my first trip since Covid -19. I took extra precautions on the road and practiced the 3 W's recommended...

Cheryl Newby Gallery Summer Show

Cheryl Newby Gallery Summer Show

  I am excited to announce my Cheryl Newby Gallery Summer Show.  I will be exhibiting many new egg tempera paintings inspired by the South Carolina coastal lowcountry. Glenda Taylor and her exquisite ceramic art will participate with me in this 2 person show. Because...

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.