© D A N E S S A
D A N E S S A
My paintings explore the relationship between individuals and their lived experiences. I am inspired by the impact of love, sorrow, nurture, and trauma on the human being. For this reason, my work alludes to complex mixtures of effaced, decayed, and yet strikingly vibrant surfaces. I paint with the intention to assert that people are infinitely enhanced by what they have witnessed and learned to overcome.
Similarly, my approach with photography is driven by my contemplative interest in people and their experiences. I enjoy capturing the fleeting, in-between moments with people and their interactions with life.
SOMArts Cultural Center - San Francisco, CA
WPM Gallery - Sacramento, CA
Art Space 1616 - Sacramento, CA
University Art Store - Sacramento, CA
The Art Studios - Sacramento, CA
Private Collection - Fresno, CA
Private Collection - Fremont, CA
Private Collection - Reseda, CA
Private Collection - Sacramento, CA
Private Collection - Oceanside, CA
UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Sacramento, CA
California State Capitol - Sacramento, CA
Blue Line Arts Gallery - Roseville, CA
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Office Building - Los Angeles, CA
Born in the Philippines and having spent part of her childhood in Singapore and Los Angeles, Danessa considers many places to be her home. Art and Psychology have always been the two driving forces of curiosity that propel her work. Danessa completed a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Sciences and a minor in Studio Art at the University of California, Irvine in 2009, and went on to pursue her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Loma Linda University and graduated in 2015.
Together, her areas of expertise create a collaborative conversation between the process of art making and the healing arts. Danessa’s paintings are based on acrylic medium and are heavily influenced by artists such as Morris Louis, Mark Rothko, and Clyfford Still. She currently lives and works in Northern California.
Painting with Words I Meant to Say
Like Sunday Morning
Mind Games No. 01
Mind Games No. 02
Mind Games No. 03
Mind Games No. 04
Mind Games No. 05
Visit me @ my art studio:
The Compound Gallery
1167 65th st.
Oakland, CA 94608