My artwork are bits and pieces of my soul, and each piece reflects a different emotion or story. Sometimes its only apparent to me, its creator, which in a way is beautiful because it allows every viewer to build their own ideas and emotions revolving around the piece.

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

One word that best describes your style: Reflecting

1. What does a typical day in your life look like?

Each day varies but my painting days usually start with searching for inspiration, regardless of which stage the current pieces are in. Searching for inspiration is a surefire way to get my mind and soul in that "I need to create" phase, which I feel is key for painting. Music is another constancy, which not only further fuels the inspiration but keeps me focused. The day progresses itself naturally, and usually ends with peaceful relaxation with people I love.

2. What does your studio look like?

Due to a constrained space for my studio, the organization of the area is constantly changing and shifting. But one thing is always constant, the many in-progress pieces that are sitting around in the studio, just begging to be worked on.

3. Tell us one unique thing about you / your art.

While I love realism paintings, my heart truly belongs to surrealism. I strive to combine the two styles and make them my own.

Sakari by Danielle Trudeau

Sakari, acrylic on canvas, by Danielle Trudeau

4. What do you love most about being an artist?

The longer I paint, the more I'm starting to notice that my favorite part of painting isn't capturing that perfect colour or shadow, but capturing that perfect emotion. My artwork are bits and pieces of my soul, and each piece reflects a different emotion or story. Sometimes its only apparent to me, its creator, which in a way is beautiful because it allows every viewer to build their own ideas and emotions revolving around the piece.

Nature is my primary source of inspiration, and it takes endless forms. From the way that black fur takes on a rainbow of tones, to the light bouncing within crystals, to the sky at any time of day, nature always has a way of making me say "I want to paint that".

5. Which is your favourite artpiece so far and what is the story behind it?

The level of attachment I feel for a piece changes over time, but currently my favorite piece is actually one of my more simple pieces. "Fearless" is a piece that sort of painted itself. It had a story to tell me, one that whispered its way into the painting process and developed a personality. "Fearless" taught me to be exactly that: fearless, unafraid of newness. We all experience some fear and nervousness towards new experiences, but its important to remember that you cannot let fear guide your life.

Fearless by Danielle Trudeau

Fearless, acrylic on canvas, by Danielle Trudeau

6. What are 3 things you can’t live without in a day?

Contact with loved ones, tea and some good old quality alone time.

7. Where do you get inspiration when you need it most?

Nature is my primary source of inspiration, and it takes endless forms. From the way that black fur takes on a rainbow of tones, to the light bouncing within crystals, to the sky at any time of day, nature always has a way of making me say "I want to paint that".

8. What does success look like to you?

In my eyes, happiness equals success. You may work tirelessly all your life and accomplish goals, but what good is the effort if it doesn't leave you with happiness?

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