My work is about the emotional and spiritual space between memory and new beginnings. Stylized forms from nature create a dreamlike quality, offering suggestions of place that conflate elements of wilderness, rural, and urban landscapes. Idyllic notions of “home” are explored through layers of varying opacity, texture, and materials, adding to a sense of longing for that which can no longer be found. Bright colors and graphic shapes contradict vague melancholic undertones and bring a sublime sense of optimism and excitement for an unknowable future. In a sense, my work fundamentally celebrates the simplicity of the present moment through a circuitous study of that which surrounds it.
Artist and graphic designer Danielle Foushee lives in Grand Junction, Colorado. She spends a lot of time working and goofing off in Los Angeles, California where she lived for ten years. She loves to compare the cultural qualities of all the places she's lived including Logan, Utah; Detroit, Michigan; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Birmingham, Alabama. It is this rich diversity of the American experience that gives Danielle's work it's unique blend of contradictory qualities — wilderness vs. civilization, artifice vs. nature, silence vs. language, spirit vs. science, and tradition vs. progress.
Danielle knew she wanted to work as an artist from childhood. She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts (now known as University of North Carolina School of the Arts) and focused on Visual Arts as a high school student. She went on to study Graphic Design at North Carolina State University's prestigious College of Design, and then received her MFA in 2d Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has been working for the last 12 years as a graphic designer for a variety of clients including FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, MOCA/Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Chronicle Books, and The Boston Conservatory, among others. Her graphic design work has won numerous awards and has been published nationally and internationally. She has also taught Graphic Design at the college level at Art Center College of Design, UCLA, USC, and Mesa State College.
Despite her success as a graphic designer, Ms. Foushee's first love has always been painting. She spent the last 12 years working to get her pesky student loans paid off so that she could focus on her painting career more systematically. Her work has been exhibited around the country in Michigan, Illinois, and Colorado, most recently at Western Colorado Center for the Arts' show "Sun Worshippers & Junk Yard Dogs". She hopes her paintings will share a sense of optimism and bring joy to others.