This year, Red Hill Gallery launched the exhibition year with three talented and dynamic women of substance. Bringing together different styles in what is a collaborative and dynamic exhibition. 'Women of Substance' opened on Sunday 14 February and continues until Sunday 6 March.
At ArtChat we asked the question, Who are you and what inspires you?
Here's what Danielle McManus had to say...
I have been painting and drawing since as long as I can remember. I guess that pull to create and draw inspiration from around you is ingrained and it was just something that occurred organically . I didn’t set out to be a gallery artist, (I never believed my art was that good!) but I just wanted to create and express.
As artists I think we are inspired by so many things. I am sure we look at the world differently and see beauty in things others may miss. Nature has always been inspiring to me. Colours, light and form you find, it seems boundless. We are so fortunate to live in a country that provides so much for us to enjoy.
My children are also my inspiration, the innocence of them, the imagination they have. Their ability to pretend to be anything with no limits! It may be said a lot, but “The simple things” are the most important and are generally the subject of my work. Before we were staring at phones and tablets and television, we played outside and got dirty and imagined!! Memories from my own childhood are also key. I was lucky enough to have grandparents that lived on a large farm and holidays there were spent outside walking, playing and make believing!!I hope that the works can inspire others to take a closer look at the simple things.