Daniel Senneway: After Dark Illustrations
October and November 2022
Daniel Senneway is an illustrator from Pittsburgh’s North Hills; he graduated from Slippery Rock University with a BFA in Fine Arts. During his senior year, he was recognized by the Bottle Brush Gallery in Harmony, PA. The following year, Dan joined the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and began to vend at local art and craft shows under the name After Dark Illustrations. He refers to these works as the After Dark due to the nature of their subject matter; the works mostly depict small towns and iconic locations under the cover of night. The time he’s spent in Slippery Rock and Harmony draws Dan to the nostalgic feel of small towns and his illustrations capture them in quietude. The stories in his works allow for every viewer to see themselves; each piece encourages reflection and personal interpretation. Some say they’ve seen these pieces in a dream and a few have said these artworks triggered a forgotten memory or something from their childhood. To create these lonely and peaceful moments, Dan utilizes his unique style: strong color contrast and an array of cool-toned colors. He loved the process and feel of linoleum block prints and developed his own technique to achieve this look digitally, through Photoshop. He draws from life, photographing reference images during the day and digitally rendering the image entirely by hand. Dan also has an interest in “the darker side of night,” where he combines these peaceful night scenes with his love of folklore and the paranormal. His body of work is slowly developing a life of its own as After Dark continuously grows.