Daniel DeRoux was raised in Juneau, Alaska and began painting in high school. He studied art formally only from 1974 to 1975 at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, deciding afterwards to pursue his own path. DeRoux draws inspiration from many different sources: classical art and the Alaska landscape, European history and Native culture, Michelangelo and James Kivetoruk Moses. He enjoys borrowing from all different periods and themes and mixing them together. One of his pieces went to Italy in 2003 for the Florence International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art. He also won a gold medal for “most accomplished artist” in the Los Angeles International Art Competition in 1984.