Danielle became a collaborator on the Bradbury project after I had handpicked her husband Devin to do an illustration and he shared some of Danielle's wild and whimsical pieces with me, asking if she could help out a bit. I was smitten! So fun! So spirited! Her stuff just made me smile. I could see her color-filled work popping out from one of the pages of a particular in-process short story, which I told Danielle about, and she agreed to climb aboard the Bradbury bus.
Danielle is one of the biggest reasons I'm working so hard to get the Kickstarter funding bigger. Her stuff simply needs to be in color, right? Toss a dollar in today to help Danielle's illustration become all its heart has always wanted to be. Let's show Danielle, once and for all, that she is a really, truly adored and gifted artist.
"Danielle's first steps on her creative journey began one Sunday morning in a Catholic church when her father decided that a new box of crayons and pile of paper would keep this tiny tike quiet. It worked, and she has been creating ever since. It helped that her mother fed her artistic style of dress with lots of layers, funky patterns and a parade of bright colors.
Though her work is bold, Danielle has long been shy about her art, possibly because a high school classmate once told her she wasn't really an artist because her subject matter was "just faces and flowers." But through determination, she has found her niche and continues building her winding path of fanciful wonder.
About the Bradbury project, Danielle says, "I am REALLY excited and honored to be a part of this! Nervous too, and yes, this will be a challenge for me because usually when I paint or draw, i have no plan in mind. I just go.
"Danielle currently resides in Austin, Texas with her blessing of a husband Devin, their dogs Cash and June, and Venus the cat (who Devin often forgets exists). She loves traveling and people and nature. Changing scenery helps her with the inspiration process. She tries to keep things positive and fresh, but she also likes to challenge people to take their drive a little further because she wants to see passion happen."