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Daniel Berthold of Uniontown, shown with a previous exhibit, is the Fayette Artist of the Month for August. His work is on display at the Fayette County Law Library. Daniel Berthold of Uniontown stands with his abstract design paintings at the Fayette County Law Library because he's the May Artist of the Month. Mark Hofmann | Daily Courier

An artist of the month returns to the Fayette County Law Library to showcase his continued efforts with paint, but now incorporating abstract shapes of wood.Daniel Berthold of Uniontown was the artist of the month in April 2010, with nine paintings displayed in the library.His artistic journey started approximately 10 years ago when Berthold, a carpenter and painter by trade, was painting a house when someone asked him if he could paint a mural.Although he had no formal training as an artist, he decided to paint the mural, which turned into painting more murals as well as abstracts, portraits and still life on canvas.He painted the marble on the columns at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, an ocean mural theme at J. Paul’s and other restaurants.That commission work lead to another branching off for Berthold when a customer asked if he could create a design of four women out of wood and then paint their images with brightly colored paints.From there, Berthold started experimenting more with physical designs and paintings, creating everything from blades of grass to a collection of rectangles to a collection of fluid colors of the rainbow.”A lot of the designs are abstract,” Berthold said, adding that it give him more freedom than his work on a canvas. “I like the abstract designs and colors.”As word started spreading about Berthold’s work, he started creating more and more commission pieces, hoping someday that will be all he does.”I’m going to enter as many exhibits around here has I can,” Berthold said.Contact the artistAnyone interested in contact Berthold for commission work can do so by calling 724-557-6760.Take a lookThose interested in viewing Berthold’s work can do so at the law library, located on the second floor of the courthouse at 61 E. Main St., Uniontown.Admission is free and the library is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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