Splinters is a incredible surf documentary filmed and directed by Adam Pesce, produced by Perrin Chiles and edited by Kim Roberts. In the 1980s an intrepid Australian pilot left behind a surfboard in the seaside village of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea. Twenty years on, surfing is not only a pillar of village life but also a means to prestige. With no access to economic or educational advancement, let alone running water and power, village life is hermetic. A spot on the Papua New Guinea national surfing team is the way to see the wider world; the only way.
Norm Daniels is a veteran surfer and painter living in San Diego who has worked with surfing legends including LeRoy Grannis and Greg Noll. We recently spoke with Norm about his career and wanted to share his story with you. 1. What is your name and when did you start painting? My name is Norm Daniels. I feel as if I have been painting since my birth, in fact I think Mom tells people I was born with a paint brush in one hand and a surfboard in the other. Ouch 2. Why did you start painting? I love it. It is all that simple. My father was a great cartoonist and he inspired me to draw. I love to make impossible concepts possible in my "toons" and to paint the beauty of the world in which we get to live. When I paint "en plein air"... I get to know the place so much better then I could with a camera and I always meet so many people that also enjoy the art. 3. What are some of your favorite moments in your career? For several years I got to hang my artwork in the Trade Show booth of the Legendary Big Wave Pioneer Greg Noll. HOW COOL IS THAT?!!! He is such a great guy and we have become friends over the years. Through Greg, I met so many surf legends and others who love the sport and enjoy Greg's beautiful custom surfboards. What a guy. Also, for a couple of years I got to illustrate two cartoons per month in Surfer Magazine. Each month they would publish a story written by Dave Parmenter and I would illustrate some part of it. The stories are hilarious. It was a dream come true to work with Surfer... In the shadow of John Severson and Rick Griffin, the men who started "Surf Art". 4. What do you think is the future of your industry? I will always paint and draw even if no one buys anything. It is such a joy to do. The business side of the "Art Industry" is an enigma to me. I am not terribly good at self promotion or marketing, so that is probably why my "business" is small. I hope that people will continue to buy art for their homes and I realize that it is a luxury item so it means a lot to me when I get a commission or sell something out of the galleries. What is the future? Who knows, really? The Industry is kind of fickle and often follows the lead of some "marketed personality". Not sure I will ever find that kind of identity, and that is fine with me. So I will continue to paint the things I enjoy and be thankful that others enjoy them too.