Danielle Andrejko Location: Charlotte, NC
So we’re going to start with the difficult question: sum up your creative process in one word/phrase, and explain why!
Flow, my creative process flows. I sit down to my art with my first cup of coffee every morning, in my spot on the breezeway. When I’m lucky the art will just flow easily, meaning I just start and all the pieces of the picture just come together. Other times I get stuck at the start. On those days I make details to use in future art pieces, such as skies, or water, or butterflies, not knowing where they will go but trusting in the process of the flow.
Were you always an artist, even as a child? What was your path to becoming an artist?
31 addresses, 12 schools, 5 colleges, 19 jobs, my life was a rapid change in survival mode until one day not. I was in an empty place. I began playing with a collage maker on my phone. I learned to make rooms. I would make a room picture to fit people’s personalities on my Facebook page. They would tell me a place they liked, and their favorite colors and hobbies or collections or something about them, and I would make a picture for fun, for practice. I’ve attached two. “The Aloft Orlando” and a tribute to “Running Water”, by Frank Lloyd Wright. In both pieces, the outside of the pictures are real photos but the inside are collages.
What is your medium of choice and what drew you to this particular medium?
All of my art is made digitally, either I build it up like a collage or I began with a photograph and replace colors and textures or a combination of both. The picture, “Sunset”, is a real photo taken in my front yard. I changed the colors and textures of the sky and added the owl.
Is there any particular experience, person, place or thing that inspires you to create? Tell us about that.
My art comes from a place inside me that still wants to believe in Santa Clause and enchanted places. I like make belief and fun. See “Our World” and “The Apartments”.
What is it like showing your work to people and what do you hope people take away from it?
This will be my first show, first time showing my art in a material form. I have been sharing it digitally from the beginning. Positive vibes, that’s what I want people to take away from my art, positive vibes and a smile.
What advice do you have for other artists who may be looking to get their work exhibited?
Believe in yourself.