Daggi Wallace was born and raised in Berlin, Germany and is now living in Ventura County near Los Angeles, CA, USA. Daggi’s a pastel painter specializing in contemporary portraits.
"My paintings of surfers are inspired not only by the beauty of the ocean’s colors but by the interaction between man and nature” Daggi explains. “The surfers’ twisted, angular bodies juxtaposed against the flowing, moving waves create a natural abstract design that is pure joy to observe. Spending many hours on the beaches of California and Hawaii photographing the surfers becomes a kind of meditation, a spirituality I hope to pass along (through my art). My husband has completely embraced surfing since we made our permanent move to California. He spends endless hours in the water and volunteers at events, giving me plenty of opportunity to observe, paint and gather more reference material."
Daggi is a Master Circle Member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America and Signature Member of the Pastel Society of the Southwest, a juried member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and Degas Pastel Society, and a member of the California Art Club and the Portrait Society of America.
In 2012 she was selected as Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo, CA, where she maintains her studio and serves on its board of directors.
Her work has been shown at the National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club in NYC, the Butler Institute of American Art, OH, and is in the permanent collection of the Wichita Center for the Arts, KS.
Daggi’s many awards have included Best of Show, Awards of Excellence and Purchase Awards in regional and national juried exhibitions.
Her paintings hang in numerous American and European collections. She has a long list of portrait commission clients, including Grammy award winning blues musician Buddy Guy.