Hello, my name is Danielle Mack, a mixed media artist living and working in Augusta, Georgia. Watercolor hasn’t always been my favorite medium, but I’ve grown to love its complexities. My art journey started at a young age and stayed with me off and on until finally, I was able to study Fine Art in college.
It opened a window for me to explore, learn, and grow as an artist. I had a hard time in art school because it was much harder than I imagined. It wasn’t all rainbows and fairies, it was hard work, feeling like I didn’t fit in, and lots of self-discovery. After college, I was burnt out and I didn’t know what was next.
I went on to work in cubical city. I worked a desk job for a few months and after a while, I felt recharged again. I started art journaling in acrylics to get my creative juices flowing. Mixed media helped me let go of all of the rules and expectations I had set up in my head and just explore what made me happy.
The more I played, the more I noticed how faces kept coming up in my work. I had only drawn a few faces in college so I didn’t have a lot of experience. Every chance I got I would illustrate faces. I liked the features and personality of each character.
Once I joined the natural hair movement, my girls started to get afros, head wraps, and dreadlocks which was really exciting. I wanted the faces that looked back at me to reflect women of color.
I started using watercolor regularly about a year ago. The more I painted the looser my brushstrokes became. I think that also came with practice and confidence as well. I like to find my shadows first and work my way around the painting, drying each layer before moving to the next. Often times, I like to include words or journaling in my paintings. If I’m feeling a certain way or have a lot on my mind those thoughts end up on the page.
I use Prima Marketing Pastels & Tropicals Watercolors, Dr Ph. Martin’s India Ink, and Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers. I enjoy using the Canson XL Watercolor paper pads and Masters Touch watercolor brushes. When I’m on the go, I like to use Jane Davenport’s water brushes for convenience.
I hope to get brave enough to start asking people on the street to model for my portraits. Whenever I travel, I see such interesting faces and wish I could paint them. I’ve started with friends and family for practice even if the portrait doesn’t look like them I hope to one day begin to capture the essence of my subjects.