Hello, I'm Danielle
Thank you for stopping by and reading my story.
I was born in the Netherlands and lived there until I was nearly ten years old. My family and I then moved to Connecticut and I've lived in the United States since. Moving across the world at this tender age challenged me to discover myself within a constant state of feeling different from everyone around me. I might say that the move made me even more sensitive and perceptive.
Getting into the flow of making paint with my own hands and then creating intuitive, heart-felt scenes of nature is a reclamation. My art is about reclaiming ownership over the story of my life as it lives in me... from earth-pigment foraging to the specific techniques I use, my process is all my own... it's how I want to do it rather than how it "should" be done.
The part of me that creates meaningful artwork is not separate from all of the things I've seen and experienced in my life and the transition from childhood into adulthood. Painting is a manifestation of my spiritual journey of overcoming fear and leaning into life's inherent vulnerability.
My paintings are contemplative reflections of the natural world that, through their moody, misty atmospheres evoke a feeling of tenderness and gentleness. As Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche said, the ground of fearlessness is renouncing hard-heartedness and allowing ourselves to be tender, sad, and fully present.
I hope that as you look into my paintings, you are able to relax a little... to experience a moment of calm and presence, and know that the beauty you see is a reflection of the beauty you are. From my heart to yours.
Please don't be a stranger. Let me know if you have any questions or feel called to share your story with me. I would be honored to connect with you.