I paint the feminine and expresses my own femininity throughout my artwork. I am Métis-Algonkin, franco-ontarienne, and a very proud Canadian. I'm also working on a collection of short stories (creative non-fiction). I'm inspired by good books, authentic people and stories of the past that remain buried in our hearts. I taught for many years at the Elementary, College and University levels. I have happily left Academia behind to paint, write, and share my truth.
Welcome Danielle....I am beyond excited to have you here today as our Friday Feature Artist. I have been
How long have you been painting and how did you learn your techniques?
I started painting January 7th of 2010 but I believe I have always been a painter. However, before this day I did everything but paint. I created jewelry, sewed handbags, felted, cross stitched, made aromatherapy kits, created journals, silkscreened, etc... Handmade has always been my M.O. I think all of these art forms prepared me for my BIG LOVE of painting. A series of unfortunate events brought me to the exact moment where I finally put paint to canvas. Looking back at it now, it was a perfectly timed symphony.
What are some of your favorite materials/tools to use?
You mention in your bio that you are Metis-Algonkin, Franco-Ontarienne, and a very proud Canadian. Can you tell us what your heritage means to you and how it influences your artwork?
We are all multi-layered as humans and this includes culturally. I believe we have a responsibility as artists to tell the stories that remain unwritten, especially those that repeatedly nudge you to pay attention and share.
Can you offer advice for readers who want to follow their dreams but have a hard time believing in themselves and fear rejection?
How does your art promote health and wellness in your life?
Danielle, this was such a heartfelt and thought provoking interview that I have to tell you I have read and re-read your answers and then read them some more. I am sure I will continue to come back to this as I face that inner critic that says, "Who do you think you are going for this art thing?" You are such a wonderful example of someone who feals the fear and does it anyways. Very inspiring. Best wishes at Baniff....go get em'!!!!!