Danny resides in Pennsylvania with his wife Christie and two sons, in the heart of farm country. Danny is a completely self-taught artist who enjoys working with a wide variety of mediums but his favorite is Pumpkin carving. After watching a Food Network episode called Outrageous Pumpkins, he decided to try his hand at pumpkin carving. Little did he know it would spark a flame that would turn into a passion. He set a goal of becoming a contestant on Food Network – Halloween Wars and achieved that goal in season 4 of the hit show. Danny returned to Food Network (s) Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror in 2017 where him and his teammates were crowned Champions on the premiere season! Through years of practice, his pumpkin skills has lead him all over the nation showcasing what can be accomplished with pumpkin.
When he’s not carving pumpkins (or dreaming about them), he spends his time chainsaw carving tree stumps into amazing works of art. When the dropping temperatures drive most people inside he also carves ice with the chainsaw and for some reason really enjoys the cold snow flying off the saw and the heat of the fire polishing them to glass-like finish. With exposure through TV and social media, he's been fortunate enough to be invited to compete and work alongside some of the top ice and sand sculptors in the nation at events up and down the east coast! He's always enjoyed creating beach sand sculptures as a young child and later in life with his sons and now on a professional level. Whether he’s covered in Pumpkin, sawdust, sand or snow he is extremely happy and looks forward to new adventures that life can bring!
His background includes carpentry, graphite portraits, clay, mold making, horror movie special FX and over 15 years of professional airbrushing.
Without the support of his wife, sons, parents, family and friends none of this would have been possible.
Carpe the Diem....Seize the Carp! -Danny Kissel
He has some advice for young artist's, that may not be confident in their abilities ... Try new things whether you think you can or not. The lessons learned will long outlast the fears you have in your head and the failures you may encounter along the way!