What is your favourite season, and why?
Fall – driving on the highways from Chatham to the GTA with the colourful trees makes me think of the Group of Seven paintings.
Name an experience that has positively motivated you.
My co-op at the Thames Art Gallery or taking my first OCAD U classes with Michelle Forsyth and Paul Sloggett. I've got the privilege to befriend and work with some amazing artists who are even greater mentors.
What did you do after high school?
I moved to Toronto, ON to complete my BFA (Bachelor of Fine Art) in Drawing & Painting at OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) University.
What are you doing now?
Working as a practicing artist with two upcoming shows in Toronto and Chatham, and finishing a contract as a Recruiter for OCAD University.
What surprised you about your move baCK?
How much I would enjoy living in Tilbury after living in the big city for almost 5 years! I find it a cozy place to work on my practice and I love, love, love, the sunsets here!
What has made you happy about your move baCK?
I am happy to be closer to family and my partner, Hudson, and I'm excited to get settled in here in Chatham-Kent so I can get back to making some new work. Excited to deepen my connections with artists within Chatham-Kent as well!
What advice would you give to someone considering coming baCK2CK?
Take advantage of how close we are to cultural hubs! Toronto is only 3 hours away and Detroit is a sweet little spot for concerts, the art gallery and for just a little day trip!
What is your #1 reason for choosing Chatham-Kent as "home"?
I am looking to do my masters in Detroit within the next decade, so being home is a sweet spot between Toronto that has been my newfound love and home for the past 5 years and where I am looking to study under some really talented artists. I also need big open space to make the work I wanna' make so I'm on the hunt for large spaces to work in!
I'd love to connect Chatham-Kent with the art community that I have been connected to in Mississauga and Toronto! I'm working towards and dreaming of some collaborations with artist run centres between these cities and Chatham-Kent in multiple aspects so stay in touch or contact me if you're interested!
Partial Gallery: https://daniellecoleman.partial.gallery