Throughout his life, Daniel Garber derived great pleasure from drawing. The first jobs he held in his youth cultivated his skills as a draftsman. After working at the Franklin Engraving Company, Garber illustrated books and magazines, including the collected works of Theodore Roosevelt. In 1917 he returned to drawing, this time as a printmaker. By making prints Garber broadened his exposure as an artist, exhibiting in print venues in addition to the usual galleries. He held several one-man shows of his drawings, etchings, and prints. Since prints cost only a fraction of the price of a painting--for example $35 as compared to $2000--Garber also expanded his market. Garber's activity as a printmaker reveals a great deal about his character as an artist. Often modeling his prints upon earlier paintings, Garber demonstrated his business savvy. His register reveals that he often attempted a print several times before he was satisfied with the product, emphasizing his diligence and perfectionism. Garber's discipline and pragmatism enabled him to make the most of his genius.
Image: Daniel Garber, Harrow Farm, etching, photo courtesy of James A. Michener Art Museum archives