We had the good fortune of connecting with Danielle SeeWalker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Danielle, why did you pursue a creative career?
I don’t think I chose a creative path, I think it chose me. I have always been a creative spirit since forever. There was a period of time in my life that I steered away from the arts and focused on a “conventional” corporate career and didn’t think I had time to feed my creative energy. Years later. I found myself lacking a fulfilled life and knew I needed to be creating. Creating art is medicine for me, it’s a lifeline.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Much of my artwork is inspired by passion work in advocating for my Native American community. I am co-Chair of the Denver American Indian Commission through the city and county of Denver which allows me to pursue legislative actions, advocate on issues and bridge awareness as a liaison between the American Indian community and the city/county of Denver. I am also co-founder of “The Red Road Project”, which is a photo-documentary project aiming to bring relevance and representation to Indigenous peoples of the 21st century through first-hand narratives. It’s important to me that people realize Native American people are not relics of the past; we are thriving, contributing members of society and we are still here. This passion work combined with my personal experiences often translate into my visual artwork. My work is sort of like a visual diary.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Funny you should ask this! My best friend actually did come visit recently and some of the places we visited were some of my favorite haunts. Of course, I love the RiNo Arts District and so we hung out there where many of the infamous Denver murals are located. Central Market is a great place to grab a coffee in this neighborhood and admire these public works of art and grab some good photo ops! We also love a fun night out at Hamburger Mary’s to support friends in the two-spirit/drag community. Best entertainment around with top notch drinks and so many laughs! Of course, no trip to Denver would be valid unless you grab some bison ribs or an Indian taco at Tocabe, a one-of-a-kind American Indian eatery.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Most recently, I have taken a turn in my art career through mural work. I have always been an advocate and lover of public street art, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would partake in creating a mural of my own. In 2020, I was invited to partake in my first ever mural festival called Babe Walls (an all-womxn, non-binary mural festival). I was invited by gal pal and fellow artist, R0melle, to collaborate. That experience was frightening and exciting all at once. I had never created anything large scale before and in such a public way. However, it was a highlight and a pivotal experience in my career and I am now addicted to painting all over walls! I can’t thank R0melle and Babe Walls for giving me that one opportunity. Sometimes that’s all it takes is just that one person to believe in you and encourage a new challenge.