Name: Danielle Cole
Location: Toronto, Canada
Job: Collage artist and high school art teacher
What’s your first memory connected to art?
Any opportunity to make art in grade school lit me up. I had a teacher in grade 5 that would dedicate half a day to art projects every Friday, it made everything about school better.
I came from a family where no one could draw. My mother found art classes for me to take and my grandfather and grandmother became patrons of my art education, offering me books and art materials that were often beyond my existing abilities.
Who or what made you become an artist?
My father used to say that he got me from gypsies in exchange for box of orange flavoured popsicles.
This being a modern version of my great grandfather’s story that my high-spirited grandmother arrived by way of the gypsies, traded for a crate of oranges. It was the opening statement that began to define my life as an artists living among pragmatists.
The artist part of me was always there- the drive to become an artist has been fuelled by fine teachers, a supportive mom and a world full of books and galleries that I have had the privilege to explore. Continue Reading