"The History Maker!" Willie Browne Daniels is a core legend,
of the Florida Highwaymen Original Artists.
His story, began as a boy in the 1960s when he begins to paint in Fort Pierce, Florida.
His method of learning to paint was by watching his good friends;
Roy McLendon Sr., Livingston “Castro” Roberts, and Harold and Sam Newton,
who were most influential. His younger brother
Johnny Lee Daniels learned to paint in his early teen years by
watching his older brother, and “Castro.”
Willie enjoys telling the story of one of his fondest memories. While living in Augusta Georgia, he met one of America's most famous singers, James Brown. The singer admired the paintings from Willie's collection, and Brown's secretary wrote a check buying several. "Willie says," "it was an honor to meet the icon, but to have him purchase my work, I was thrilled!"
Willie Daniels has made a significant lifetime achievement to the state of Florida, as a Florida Highwaymen Original Artists of Fort Pierce, Florida.
He created his own destiny over decades and sold art from the trunk of his car along Florida’s highways. He never realized his life’s work would be so highly recognized by the Museum of Florida's History and the world!
In 2004, Willie Daniels was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in Tallahassee Florida.
The 50-year veteran, was honored to continue his brother’s legacy after his death. Hall of Fame Florida Original Highwaymen Artist Johnny "Hook" Daniels died May 26, 2009. Over years, Willie continued to paint side by side with Johnny's protege' AJ Brown as their Florida Highwaymen Historic Artist, 2nd Generation heritage, she is known as God family. In 2008, Willie gifted AJ with a drawing of himself, drawn by his neighborhood friend, nicknamed Red; a keepsake, and memory she cherishes. Willie spends his days in Fort Pierce, living a simple life with his family and painting the nostalgic state of Florida he loves and remembers. "Willie Daniels is a heritage worth preserving!" Few may claim this honor, Florida Original Highwaymen or 2nd Generation Highwaymen. The unique Florida Highwaymen painters pressed on through a segregated era when all odds were against them. They made it! Willie's paintings now grace the nations highest office's, governor's mansions, state capitol buildings and a number of historic museums throughout the United States of America and around the world.
HONORED TO BE AMERICA’S HISTORY!