Danielle Fontaine was born in St-Adelphe, Québec, Canada, in 1958. Her fascination with art began as a child, with the architecture of the Montreal World’s Fair. The fantastic forms, colors and stories of Expo ’67 inspired her to study architecture and later, creative writing (with a detour along the way through Oxford, England, for a graduate degree in economics and politics.) When she discovered encaustics in our wonderful arts community of Greenville, South Carolina, a new storytelling adventure began. Greenville has been her home since 1999 and she joined the new Greenville Center for Creative Arts in 2015 as one of its inaugural studio artists.
Aside from her studio practice, Danielle has long been active in various aspects of Greenville’s art scene. She initiated the pilot program for The Warehouse Theatre’s This Wooden O educational outreach and mentored the first Greenville County High Schools Art Exhibit during the inaugural year of Artisphere. She is the co-founder and curator of the SeasonArt Series, a happy marriage of visual arts and literature at The Warehouse Theatre. With her husband Bill McLendon she founded the Brandon Fellowship at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts. She currently serves on the Urban Panel of the City of Greenville’s Design Review Board.
Her encaustic art can be found in various corporate and private collections in the United States and Canada, and on her website daniellefontaineartist.com.