After moving to Carmel Highlands, California in 2007 and becoming fascinated by the Hereford cattle of El Sur Ranch and the Longhorn cattle of Bar 46 Ranch in the Central Valley, Daria Shachmut focused on portraits conveying each animal’s temperament through its body gestures, and in the unique light conditions of the Coast and the Central Valley. “I love these cattle; no two look alike and each one has a unique personality.” Daria also delighted in discovering the attitudes and personalities of human figures in her revealing impressionistic style. Daria passed away in March 2021.
Museum Exhibitions: Her work has been shown in prestigious museums including the Corning Museum, Corning, New York, the Minnesota Museum of American Art and is in the collection of the Oakland Museum, Oakland, California. Her work was featured in a half hour program, Portfolios, by KQED.