Daniel Jean-Baptiste was born on the Caribbean Island of Saint Lucia, in 1963, to parents of Dutch, French Jewish and African Carib Descent.
His childhood experience was that of a tiny one street fishing village of Choiseul, under the shadow of the towering Gros Piton. Spare time was spent fishing off the village’s long wooden jetty, which gave Jean-Baptiste his first glimpse of the colourful creatures that inhabited the Caribbean Sea. The plants and fish that intrigued the young boy would later dominate his art. Childhood days were sweet, sweet as perfumed breezes of Saint Lucia.
In 1978 he moved to Toronto, Canada where he was introduced to silk painting during the eight years working in commercial art for a display company. In 1988 Jean-Baptiste created his design company, Cobalt Illustrations, that produced hand – painted silk banners for commercial interiors across Canada.
In 1995 he moved back to Saint Lucia with his wife and two children. His work reflects the beauty of the island. Jean-Baptiste focuses on his subject, magnifying its beauty, with the translucency and natural lustre of the silk enhancing colour He is the originator of the shimmering light water technique.
Today he resides and paints out of his studios in Canada and Saint Lucia. He runs an online group for other silk painters, The Art of Silk.
I am a self taught artist whose work is based on my childhood growing up on a tropical island called Saint Lucia in the Caribbean. A natural paradise of immense beauty. My life is one which is so close to nature that I feel a part of all her splendor and mystery. When I paint I become my subject, from the tree frog in the mist of Fond St. Jacques rainforest to the sea turtle gliding in the deep blue waters near Anse Chastanet Bay.
I do not just want to paint, but I want you to create so that you too can feel the intense joy that I experience in being here. The colours, texture and light are so intense and warm to the soul. Every piece is a part of my life and I am honored to share with you.