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Art & Life with Kaleigh Dandeneau

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kaleigh Dandeneau.

Kaleigh, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
As a military brat, I spent a lot of time in my childhood moving. I grew up in England and made my way through Florida, North Carolina, and Japan. My interest in the arts started very young, as I adored the music that surrounded my home, followed my mother’s example of being an avid reader, and spent my time with crayons and colored pencils- as most kids do. I always welcomed the change of scenery- new imagery, new people, and new landscapes meant new inspirations, and I adored it.

This passion only grew, no matter what phase I seemed to be going through, art was always there and always growing. All I wanted to do was get better; to train my eye, to learn how to use those fancy markers, and make my art really say something. My style has molded itself throughout the years, shapeshifting to the messages I want to share. More recently, my work walks the line between dream and wake, a reality that is just slightly wrong but still looks so right.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I spend most of my time creating digital illustrations, though I love to try my hand at every medium I can. I create pieces that border reality, that live in the space between wake and sleep. I like to think that I draw the same way that I write, on a stream of consciousness. I always begin with a single simple thought and let my hands expand in any strange and familiar way they see fit.

My pieces hold two very important meanings for me: they allow me to cope with and share what it means to be a creator struggling with a chronic illness and serve as a platform to help me create the reality that I see- be it waking or not. I’m a firm believer that art is for everyone and want people to take away what they need to take from my work. If my pieces bring you happiness, let it. If they confuse you, let them. We all see what we need to see.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Try to remember that we’re all just people! If you look up to an artist, let them know. If you want to ask questions, ask them. It’s much less scary to approach people than we think. I always love hearing from fellow artists and will always give my support when and where I can, and I’m sure many artists share the same sentiments.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work tends to stay on my Instagram, @KMaeby, though I am trying to find ways to expand into physical pieces. I’m always open for design work and can always create special prints if asked. I think the best way to support your local artists – if not directly – is to talk about them, share their work, and introduce them into communities they may not be able to reach!

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