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Danielle MCMANUS

Born in Sydney, Danielle McManus intertwines experiences from everyday life with her Maltese heritage to produce superbly whimsical artworks & ceramics.
Whether fictional or based on real-life family events, McManus�s love of storytelling is evident in her colourful, figurative offerings that provide viewers with thought-provoking images, frequently set against a backdrop of a landscape fusing both her Maltese heritage and passion for Australia.
Influenced by the artwork of 17th Century European manuscripts as well as the work of other prominent artists such as Gustav Klimt, Frida Kahlo, Margaret Woodward and Arthur Boyd, McManus uses a rich vibrant palette, expressing a deep love and kinship with the unique hues of the Australian landscape.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) at Newcastle University, she worked as a graphic designer in Sydney, during which time she began painting ceramics. After nine years McManus moved with her family to more peaceful surroundings where she now paints from her rural studio. This inspiring environment is where she creates a range of acrylics, charcoals, mixed media works and ceramic pieces, all in her own individual and colourful style.
McManus�s is represented in galleries in Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT and her work is held private and corporate collections.

�Relying on the beauty of the landscape as a constant backdrop, my inspiration at present is drawn from everyday life. I like to evoke feelings in the viewers, hoping they can in fact relate to the work and imagine a story of their own. Frequently there is no predetermined idea as such, the story evolves and the canvas takes on a personality of its own.�