Dan the Detectorist Artist

15th January 2017 — 21 Comments

It is a fact that amongst the legion of detectorists, there are some very intelligent and talented individuals, and in varying disciplines. I have been privileged and delighted to tell some of their stories. The last was detectorist stonemason Mr. Patrick Law.

Previous names you may remember were Steven Halward, the detectorist who makes ‘scrap metal art’ out of the rubbish that that other hobbyists discard. I called him ‘Steve the Scrappy Artist’ in one story, not a juxtaposition of words you may have come across before, but justly deserving the appellation of artist. Using his special skill and talent Steve produces exquisite forms that are wonders to behold.

And there were others, like whittler extraordinaire Simon Annis who excels in ‘pimping’ his detectors. Modifying machines in this way does little to enhance the operating capabilities, but readers saw how that was tailored to the personality and interests of the owner, whist telling a fascinating story along the way. Those stories were ‘lost’, but may be resurrected sometime.

© Daniel DiMola

My subject today is detectorist Dan DiMola, a subscriber on Tom’s Treasure Forum in the States. Dan is 69 and lives in Stafford, Virginia. He is a self-taught painter using acrylics and, in his own words, “still learning.”

When the weather is hot and humid and he doesn’t fancy swinging his Deus, Dan picks up a paintbrush and starts a new picture, using sketches from different reference material. There are examples from different subjects. This is one of my favourites:

© Daniel DiMola

One of my difficulties was acquiring pictures suitable for reproduction. I have had to enlarge the examples supplied. Dan said, “It will be interesting and fun to see and read reactions from folks on your blog.” Thank you Daniel for bringing a little colour to my blog!

All paintings © Daniel DiMola

What is Acrylic Paint?

The answer is a water-soluble medium made from a synthetic resin binder mixed with pigments. The water soluble aspect of acrylic paints means that a painting dries quickly and you do not have to use solvents to dilute the paint or for cleaning brushes or a palette.

After an acrylic painting on canvas dries the surface becomes water resistant, and a canvas can be rolled up and stored with no fear of cracking or damaging. This is all in contrast to oil paints, which need to be thinned with solvents, take much longer to dry and harden as they do so, making them quite fragile and not so easily transported. This medium can be an exciting prospect because acrylics have so much versatility.

… from the North Light Shop


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21 responses to Dan the Detectorist Artist

  1. Thank you John…I appreciate you fitting me into your blog and showing folks some of my work….I hope that others will enjoying what I do..


  2. I thought being a Detectorist we may have seen a 3030 or a gold pan against the rocks in the creek painting. I like the wolf or dog picture.

  3. As the recipient of the wolf painting I can’t say enough about Dans Talents as a Painter

  4. Bruce D Campbhell 15th January 2017 at 3:02 AM

    Dan is a very talented artist John. Thank you for sharing his talent to the rest of us.

  5. He does beautiful work, John.. I particularly like the wren picture. I have never been able to
    draw or paint… I can sculpt.. but that is it.

  6. I am proud to say that I own several of Dan’s paintings, ranging in subject matter from a portrait of my dog to a Texas landscape. He does beautiful work!

  7. Dan certainly is a talented artist.

    I like the wolf and little bird.

    The wolf has living eyes that draw the viewer.

  8. A very talented metal detectorist producing some beautiful art work.

  9. I like the cabin in Autumn or is it Fall for you guys ? that is a really nice picture.

  10. if you don’t mind some constructive criticism Dan…
    … chuck out the paints and limit yourself to 6 colours:
    raw sienna
    burnt umber
    a good yellow like chrome
    a strong red
    yellow ochre
    and of course a white

    learn to use only those colours and they will draw your pictures in more.
    too many colours and you lose that natural look.
    you can achieve most blends with those few colours

  11. Having taught himself to paint a very talented person. As I own two German shepherd dogs I particularly love the wolf painting it is fantastic.

  12. love the wolf painting ….so real

  13. I love the barn/cabin painting.

  14. Dan is incredibly gifted and incredibly generous, and also a great guy! I’ve been blessed to know him personally and my home is graced by a number of his paintings.

    His recognition here is well deserved. He also swings a mean coil! Thank you John (& DAN)!

  15. They are all beautiful–thank you for sharing!

  16. Thank you everyone..!!!! I especially appreciate the Constructive Criticism….it will help me to do better paintings….

    Cheers everyone…


  17. I also paint but in oil and it is always lovely to see a fellow artists work, very colourful .

  18. Thank you for ALL the comments.

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