Stephanie Danforth

 

This past May and June, I traveled to Spain with a one-way ticket, and no plans of when I was returning or where I was going. My first medium when I started painting was watercolor, but I had not touched my watercolors in years. I traveled for 4½ weeks through Spain, then went to Prague, Budapest, and finally Morocco. I have never traveled with an art journal before, and it was so much fun. Although I was traveling alone (all but nine days), I never felt alone. I remember so clearly the times I would be sitting there for hours over my pot of tea in Morocco or my beer in Prague just disappearing into the moment.

Sometimes I would do the drawing while I was roaming during the day and then get my watercolors out at night. Sometimes I would paint from a picture I had taken. I like writing around the images also — thoughts, memories, hopes. I feel like they wrap the small painting in a quilt of words.

My journal is very different from my usual art, because of the size, which is usually large, the medium, as I presently paint mostly with vibrant oils, and the length of time to complete, which is hours versus weeks.danforth_journals

My travels have taken me to many parts of the world, and my journal will be coming with me from now on.

I travel to Kenya yearly, and spend one or two months at the projects I am involved with there. I will betraveling to Nepal and working with an art therapist who helps survivors of sex trafficking reclaim their lives. Since 2000, all the profits that I make from my art go to empowering and educating girls, mostly in Kenya.

Stephanie Danforth’s work can be seen at the Eisenhauer Gallery or at stephaniedanforth.com.
The charitable projects she is involved with are the Simama Project  and the Daraja Academy.

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