Next on our Young Emerging Artist Series is Danielle Trudeau. Danielle paints mainly with acrylic, and her works are deeply inspired by nature, having grown up practically surrounded by nature and animals.

Let's hear it from Danielle Trudeau.


Awaken by Danielle Trudeau

1. How did you become an artist?
Both of my parents are artistically-inclined, and although neither chose professions in the art field, they maintained their creative sides as a hobby. So genetically it seems that my passion was passed on, but growing up in a household that strongly promoted creativity was key to my transition into becoming an artist.

By failing, you give yourself the opportunity to learn from your mistakes, and by doing so you are taking giant leaps in a positive direction. By accepting that you will experience small failures, it gives you strength to turn those little failures into huge success.

Try, fail, try again, succeed. Rinse and repeat.

2. Was there anything that encouraged the growth and love of art while you were growing up?
As mentioned above, my parents were the first forms of encouragement that I had. My mother was into folk painting and also dabbled in a few other mediums, so when I took interest in different techniques and styles I had a huge range of materials that I could use freely. They, and other family members, would buy me art supplies for birthdays and holidays, I still have a box of coloured pencils nubs from my original box of Prismacolors that I was given by my grandparents in the 6th grade.

3. Who are your biggest inspirations/ influences as an artist?
Growing up my parents had a few Robert Bateman coffee books so those gave me my first taste of inspiration in the wildlife department. I still adore his work, and strive for the quality he achieves in his pieces. Nature is also a huge factor that inspires me. Every aspect of it, from the living to the dead, all that is organic and natural. Nature has such a breath-taking beauty that I strive to capture in my work.


Emit by Danielle Trudeau

4. What makes you different from other artists?
While I do love painting straight-up realism, my heart lies where there is a twist. Where my work differs from traditional wildlife artists is the little bits of oddness that I like to add. Whether it be a strange combination of animals or organisms, or an unlikely colour, I love to shake up the mentality of "how things should be".

5. What do you see as an advantage of being a young emerging artist today?
In this day and age we have so many ways of reaching every corner of the globe, whether that be to find new fans, inspiration or job opportunities. We have the world at our fingertips and this makes being a young emerging artist very exciting.

6. What’s your biggest challenge right now, and how do you plan to overcome that?
Despite the young having the advantage of being born in the age of technology, through experience I have learned by my young age can also be a burden. One of the largest challenges is to seen as a professional, and be taken seriously. My plan to overcome that is to simply be as professional as possible, and build a following that knows me as such: a young professional.


Kodi by Danielle Trudeau

7. What’s the best advice you’ve received as an artist?
Although I have several pieces of advice that I have held close to my heart and mind, the strongest would have to be this: Do not be afraid to fail. By failing, you give yourself the opportunity to learn from your mistakes, and by doing so you are taking giant leaps in a positive direction. By accepting that you will experience small failures, it gives you strength to turn those little failures into huge success. Try, fail, try again, succeed. Rinse and repeat.

To commission Danielle for your nature-inspired artwork, chat with her at her artist page.