Manic Depictions - Danielle Kelso


“The painting has a life on its own.  I try to let it come through.”- Jackson Pollock. 

 Art has been a major influence since childhood.  My grandmother painted landscapes in oil via Bob Ross.  My mother worked in oil pastels and charcoal.  She was heavily influence by the Renaissance painters such as Michelangelo.  At a very young age they both taught me important lessons on the basics of drawing, shading, color theory and perspective.  I was on the track to work in Art history and a Fine arts degree, when my funding was no longer available. 

 After a switch of majors and I ended up with a Bachelors in Chemistry.  I have worked in labs for about 15 years when I switched to a regulatory affairs position.  But in all the chaos, passion for art remained.  I continued to progress from drawing to water colors and finally reached acrylics.  I took a couple art classes at the Des Moines Art Center for the basics, and have read books on technique and continued to study art history

  Most of my work is acrylic on canvas and acrylic based mediums for mixed media projects.  The things that inspire me are impressionistic and expressionist art, modern day pop culture, such as movies and music, and artistic photos.  Artistic influences include Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Matisse, Banksy, Jean Basquiat and Frida Kahlo.  Paintings start off with a photo or picture, and it changes into something completely different.  I tend to distort reality and objects and skew perspective to reflect a warped vison of the world.  Many works are either vibrant, primary colors, warm and cold pallets or very limited muted pallets.  Many works tend to only use 3 colors and variation of those colors. Several works have a partner, I enjoy the representation that a diptych gives, The duality of man, duality of nature and duality of perspective.