Danine is such a wonderful soul. A great yogini and creative spirit, her art reflects all that wonder and so much more. A lovely person, her art appears almost meditative.Whether a mandala or a large collective of color, Danine’s art is exceptional. A great balance of pattern and color, her art is a great representation of organic talent.
Danine shares her passion with us today.
Read below to get to know her a little bit more.
Greetings everyone. I’d like to introduce myself
- Born Danine Inette Emberly to Keith & Anne, the sixth of seven children
- Raised in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
- I currently live in Southern Ontario, Canada with my husband, Mike of 20+ years, two children, Ocean & Orion and our cat, Slinky
- I’m a self taught artist
- Some of my hobbies include; hiking, travel and yoga
I have moved 20 some times – I’ve lived on the East coast, West coast, in the Rocky Mountains, and on the Prairies. * I love adventure – I’ve swam with dolphins, kayaked with whales, hiked a 14K mountain and ran 3 marathons ( one in Rome).
I’ve always been drawn to art, pardon the pun. As a child and into my late teens I was always colouring or drawing. But, sadly art school wasn’t an option for me and then when I married and had children my art took a back seat. It wasn’t until I was almost 40 years old that a dear friend and I were having coffee and discussing regrets that I got the best advice of my life. My friend encouraged me to check out the tutorials for Mixed Media on YouTube… I was immediately hooked and I haven’t looked back since. That was almost 10 years ago.
Which art style do you most identify with?
I’m a dabbler, I love trying new styles of art. So, I identify with a few styles; Abstract, Line Art, Mixed Media, and Impressionism really speak to me.
How would you best describe your work?
Words that best describe my art would be; Playful, Feminine and Spiritual. For me personally, its very therapeutic.
How did you develop your style?
I believe an artists style just happens naturally over time, with play and practice. My art journals were an enormous help, especially early on. They gave me the freedom to play, experimenting with new styles and mediums, all without the fear of making mistakes.
Which other artists inspire you and why?
Most of the artists that have inspired me have been YouTubers. Some by the way they approach colour, others composition and others because of their sense of play and expressive freedom. My biggest influence has been Flora Bowley, an abstract artist out of Portland, Oregon. Her book “Brave Intuitive Painting” and it’s teachings have helped me learn how to look inward and put my pure thoughts and feelings onto the canvas expressed as abstract art. I still have much to learn.
What is your favorite art work done by another artist? What is your favorite art work done by you?
I love all of Flora’s work. My favourite piece of my own is called , “Little Girl in Big City”
Is art your full time job?
A – Yes
What does your daily routine involve? What time of day is the best time for you to work on your craft?
My daily routine starts by getting my son ready for the day and then dropping him off at school. Once home I make myself a coffee and a light breakfast then head to my art room. I check social media, answer e-mails, fill orders and post to Instagram. Once that’s out of the way, I warm up by doing a small doodle or two. Then onto any big projects I have on the go. Sometime around 1:00 I have lunch and do more art work. At 3:00 I pick my son up, go for my run, shower and start supper. The rest of the day is dedicated to my family and house work. Morning is usually my most productive time to create.
What are your favourite art supplies?
I love so many supplies; acrylic paints, chalk, Pigma micron markers, Neocolor water soluble wax pastels, Zig Clean colour Real Brush markers are my current favourites.
How is your studio or art space organized?
I love my art space. I have a standard desk for doing Calligraphy, Hand lettering, computer work and organizing my life. In the middle of the room I have an artist desk with adjustable top for painting. Around the room there are several book shelves and shelving units for books, supplies, art journals, and decor. To finish it off I have hung some of my work around the room.
What do you do before you start a piece?
The first thing I do before starting a piece, after getting my coffee, is put music on. After that I get out any and all art supplies I plan on using, decide on a few colours to start and jump right in.
How has your work changed over time?
My work has definitely changed over time. I think its more grown up now, with a lot more depth and details.
If and/or when you feel frustrated with a piece, what do you do to get out of that funk?
Frustration happens now and again. When it does I try not to stress too much about it. It’s just paint after all and it can be painted over. Normally if a piece isn’t looking how I’d like it to, I simply put it aside for a while and start on another piece.
What do you most love about your work? Is there something you don’t like about it?
I really love the feeling I get when I paint. If I could put it into words I’d have to say, “Quiet Joy”. It’s almost like I’m on a whole different Universal plane of no time or space,,, it’s just me and the art. The thing I like least about my art/job is the marketing, because I’d rather be painting.
What advice would you give to a young artist aspiring for a career in art?
Thank you for taking the time to read my bio.
A special thanks to Danine for sharing a bit about herself and her art process with us. Please follow her on social media to keep up with all her art work.
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