We had the good fortune of connecting with Danielle Caron and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Danielle, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m from Tennessee, and I think that growing up there exposed me to a lot of beautiful places. I have always loved the trees and the hills, and being able to get outside with my friends was always great. I think that nature has inspired a huge portion of my art, and I’m thankful to have been able to experience many different climates and landscapes.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I like to think of myself as someone who is both left and right-brained. I am studying mechanical engineering (and have a Bachelor’s degree now!), but I also love diving into other projects. I love math and solving problems, and I think that applies to art as well. I just love building things, whether they’re drawings, paintings, sewing projects, energy models (what I do for work), 3D models, or things for my classes. I like it all, and I feel like not everyone likes two things so wholly but separately.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d have to take my best friend to this vegan restaurant I just went to for the first time. It’s called 24 Carrots, and I just know she’d love it. Once the most important thing, food, is out of the way, I’d probably take her to Flagstaff to go on some hikes or go to Snowbowl. I really like it up there, even though I don’t go there often. I’d also have to show her Mill Ave. when we get back from Flagstaff, especially during these strange Corona times.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I think that my grandma deserves a shoutout here. She’s the one who showed me that I can create anything. I remember visiting her house when I was younger and always making art. She had all these supplies… Not only did she help me sew things (sewing is her specialty), but she also made an effort to help me draw things. I always felt like an artist when I visited her, even at young ages.

Website: danielle.blue
Instagram: sk8blossom
Linkedin: Danielle Caron

Image Credits
Zack Ingwersen took the photo of me when I graduated!

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