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


Oil on Linen, 36 x 48 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

Summer Rain – Oil- Hughes Gallery – SOLD

From the Journal

Inspiring stories behind the paintings, life as an artist…

The Memory of Birdsong

The Memory of Birdsong

  A childhood roaming waterways where tall grasses grew inspired Birdsong. Red-wing blackbirds trilling in the springtime. Showy males, swaying high atop bending reeds, flashing their scarlet badges. I created this painting for my show at Hughes Gallery, opening...

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Family Renew Community Fundraiser

Family Renew Community Fundraiser

This pandemic has been particularly hard on families with children, living on the margins of society. Family Renew Community is a local organization that has provided shelter and support to hundreds of families with children. They give families a hand up - not a hand...

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Softly, You Whisper

Softly, You Whisper

  I was sitting on the steps in the April sun, following the breeze through a field of yellow, pink and white wildflowers. Or was I dreaming of a faraway sea? Wherever I am, softly, you whisper. Inspiration is divine. A gift to cherish and not squander. It...

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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.