Daniel Zalkus is an artist-reporter with a primary focus on drawing.
Born in Oak Park, Illinois his artistic journey lead him to New York
City where he studied at the School of Visual Arts.
The culture and energy of New York, as well as studying under Jack
Potter and John
Ruggeri, helped foster his passion for direct
observation. In 2012 he was an artist in resident at the Glenfiddich
Distillery, Scotland, where he created a series of on-the-spot drawings
that document the whisky-making process and surrounding area.
As a 2012 Glenfiddich Artist in Resident Daniel Zalkus lived on the
distillery grounds in Dufftown, Scotland and directly drew the workers
as they repaired the casks, bottled the spirits and gave tours of
the distillery. During that time he created over 70 drawings that
became the basis of his first book, “Charcoal
The book was produced in full color and is a visual documentation
of the whisky-making process.
The New Yorker/ Boston Globe/ Columbia University/
The New York Times/ Barron's/ Time, Inc./ The Wall Street Journal/
PC World/ Chicago Magazine/ ACM/ Security Management/ Time Out New
York/ The Los Angeles Times/ HHMI/ Hanley Wood/ UCLA Magazine/ The
Guardian/ Reader's Digest/ The Village Voice/ Teaching Tolerance Magazine/
Grantland Quarterly/ Nautilus Magazine