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Danielle Harshenin

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About The Artist

I am a self-taught abstract artist living and working out of my artistically messy home studio in Lake Country, BC. I was born and raised in the Okanagan and continue to reside here with my husband and two children. I have always been drawn to all things artistic. However, I did not begin painting until 2006 when I was expecting my first child and was in search of a hobby to do at home. After a trip to my local art supplies store, I was instantly hooked.

My paintings can be described as contemporary abstracts. I have never attended art classes or learned “correct” ways to produce artwork – all of my work is the result of trial and (many) errors. My paintings are mostly composed of acrylic paints and mediums, but I also like to incorporate spray paints, collage elements and oil pastels. I tend to get bored easily, so I am always trying new products and switching things up! My current work is a reflection of my ever-evolving painting style.

Today, I primarily work with two very distinct paint styles. One I call “fluid abstracts” and the other “layered abstracts”. Layered abstracts must be done in layers – allowing each to dry overnight. These works begin with a vision and the entire process is highly structured. I have control over the process from beginning to end. Fluid abstracts are the complete opposite – I have zero control over the process. This style requires me to work quickly and relinquish all control over to the materials. Paint is applied to the canvas and allowed to roam freely and combine organically however it chooses. Sometimes the results are captivating and beautiful, other times they are disastrous and I need to start over! I don’t favour one style over the other – both inspire me in different ways.  

During the past ten years, I have been very fortunate to display my work in art shows, galleries and community spaces across the Okanagan. Many of my painting now live in their forever homes all over the world. Although I love producing my art, I have never been good at talking about it. It is difficult for me to articulate what inspires me as it changes with each painting. I draw inspiration from the world around me – music I am listening to, places I go, things I see, random thoughts or dreams I have, and interior design colour trends. I also love collaborating with clients on commission projects.

My hope is that my paintings will inspire happiness, visual intrigue, and nostalgia in others. I want them to bring you as much joy as they bring me when I make them. Much love to you all