Daniël Hardyns saw the light in Ghent in 1951, light that he tries to capture in his watercolour paintings.
From his early age, he was fond of drawing and painting. Two of his teachers from that time, Roger Wittevrongel and Jan Hoet, fed his curiosity in art.
While studying “pharmacy” at University, he kept on handling pencil and paint-brush.
He switched from oil-painting to watercolour-painting and love became passion.
The utmost difficulty and underestimated qualities of watercolour painting, felt as a challenge and the unexpected possibilities of this particular technique opened a new world for him.
He received public recognition by receiving the first prize in the “Biënnale van Oostende”, a contest for amateur artists. A little later, he became a laureate of the National August Vermeylen Contest.
An encounter with Fernand Thienpondt gave his work a new impulse.
His name is mentioned in the West-Flemish Artist’s Lexicon and in Norbert Hostijn’s book “Beeldend Oostende”.
Some of his works where used in books of verse and novels.
He participated in various group-exhibitions and had several individual exhibitions in private galleries and exhibition-rooms in Veurne, Ghent, Bruges, Bredene…