When Danielle was nearly ten years old, she and her family moved to the United States from the Netherlands. Living so far from her homeland at this tender age challenged her to discover herself within a constant state of feeling different from everyone around her, and never quite feeling identified with either culture.
Spirituality and the search for answers to big existential questions have offered her a place of refuge and belonging. As a student and practitioner within several different spiritual lineages, Danielle sees the world, and thus her creative process, through a contemplative lens.
Making paint with her own hands from raw earth materials, and then creating intuitive reflections of all the changing states of nature is, in a way, a reclamation. Danielle's sees her art as a story about reclaiming ownership over one's story. She believes that the willingness to encounter one's human vulnerability is a necessary ingredient to embodying one's work in the world in a meaningful way. And that is what she aims to do with her artwork.
My paintings are contemplative reflections of the natural world that, through their moody, misty atmospheres evoke what might be an existential experience. The poetic and contemplative ambiance of my work is analogous to my painting process: every step of the process is taken with utmost care and presence. I collect earth pigments around the American southwest, often in the form of soils and rocks, and mull them into artist-grade watercolor and oil paints. I then use textured brushstrokes to create landscapes that dance between abstractionism and realism. I am most inspired by the quiet, contemplative aspect of human creativity and how when that is embodied by the artist, seems to awaken the very same experiences within the viewer. In that way, my work is a study of the relationship between human vulnerability, as it intersects with spirituality and nature.
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