Danielle O'Connor Akiyama

Danielle O'Connor Akiyama

Danielle O’Connor Akiyama has enjoyed major international success as an artist for over 30 years. A Canadian artist, she has spent much of her life travelling, and has exhibited her vibrant and exquisite masterpieces to great acclaim all over the world.

Danielle was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1957. From an early age she enjoyed the freedom and serenity of living in a small community of just 22 homes, nurtured by the warmth of those around her, and guided by her family’s strength and faith. Along with her four brothers and sisters, she took great delight in hearing the many stories that their parents told them, revelling in unfettered opportunities to let her imagination run wild.

After an illness in her teens, Danielle began to travel the world as a natural rehabilitation. This period marked the start of an intimate relationship with art and the beginning of a spiritual insight which has provided the foundation of all her creations. Inspired deeply, she came home to paint and tell “the stories” with her brush. Every subsequent trip served to inspire

the fire of her imagination and fuel her will to become a solid painter.

After studying Art Therapy, Danielle commenced a career as an Art therapist using multiple artforms as a direct link to the emotional world – without verbal intellectualisation or guarded style. The power of art once again revealed itself to her as clients blossomed and healed.

Danielle married Denis in 1987. As a mother with two small children, she began to paint in earnest with the knowledge that this was her true path. Danielle completed a rigorous study in Sumi-e (Japanese Brush Painting) wherein she was honoured with the Sumi-e Master’s Seal by the head sensei of the Nanga School. The name given in recognition of her spirited brushstroke was “chi-sho”- a source of joy. Her signature style of East/West fusion began to blossom and become singularly identifiable.

“Painting is a silent poetry” Danielle O’Connor Akiyama

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