Danielle Levesque Hird
Danielle Levesque Hird - self portrait

Artist Statement

Water. I came from water, I live near water, being in water sustains me. The power, beauty, necessity and uses of water are astonishing. Paint in water creates its own world for me and painting with watercolor has continued to be a source of wonderment and discovery for many years.

Statement of Purpose

CREATE: To bring into existence something new.

The creative process is to tap into a well that lies dormant, waiting for exploration, and experimentation. The process can be exhilarating, freeing, arduous, and magical—requiring discipline, focus and commitment. Or as Henry James put it,

"True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one's self; but the point is not only to get out--you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand".

My plan is to remain absorbed in the errand.


Danielle Levesque Hird was born in Lewiston, Maine and currently lives in Encinitas, California. She has lived in Boston, New York City, Connecticut, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, Houston and Austin, Texas. She moved to California in 2000.

When she moved to Cape Cod in 1970, she began painting with a variety of teachers from the East coast and NYC. She met the artist, James Lechay, when he moved to Wellfleet in 1972 and they became friends. Jim was friends with Milton Avery, Kurt Vonnegut and Mark Rothko and he was a source of inspiration to her while he continued to paint until his death at age 94. She studied with Arthur Turner at the MFAH Glassel School of Art in Houston during the 80's and 90's. Danielle's work centers around watercolor, mixed media and digital photography.

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