Danielle Williams (née Atkinson) grew up in Lake Bolac in the Western District of Victoria. She attended Lake Bolac High School developing a lifelong love of art, music and all things theatrical thanks to that extraordinary little town and her extremely musical and talented large family of 11. Danielle was selected to travel overseas to Germany as a Rotary exchange student and upon her return, finished her secondary education in Melbourne at University High School. Art, languages, sculpture, singing and painting continued to exert a lasting influence throughout her student days. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Music and Drama at LaTrobe University before undertaking a Diploma in Education and starting work as a teacher of primary and secondary students, with the occasional stint as a professional contemporary ‘indie’/jazz singer and musical theatre actor.
Danielle met her husband, archaeologist Doug Williams, in Canberra while teaching and performing, and the pair went on to live, work, sing, dig and make chocolates across NSW, Victoria and the ACT, ending up in Moruya on the NSW South Coast with 5 beautiful children.
Taking up art again as a member of the South Coast Pastel Society in 2004, Danielle has gone on to exhibit in local and national exhibitions, achieving regular sales and the occasional award and was most recently awarded first in the Contemporary Section of the 2015 SCPS National Pastel Exhibition with ‘Marina’.
As well as her community work in associations such as the Granite Town Music Festival, the South Coast Pastel Society and Broulee Moruya Giants AFL club Danielle also works as Coordinator and Artistic Director of the Riverlights Project – a truly community public artwork project involving art, disability, school, family/friendship and community groups in the 4 month construction of giant floating lanterns of paper and cane which are then towed by paddlers on the Moruya River. Since envisioning the project in 2013 Danielle has become passionate about community and public Art.
Describing her art style as ‘colourful, fresh and vibrant in application and line’ Danielle’s artistic heroes include great ‘modern’ artists of the late 19th and early 20th Century – Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, Andre Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck – and she likes to think of herself as ‘a contemporary Fauvist and colourist who likes to explore abstraction’.
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