We had the good fortune of connecting with Maddie Danielson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maddie, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking has been the life-blood of my artistic career, although because of my personality, sometimes I think it is more of a knee-jerk reaction and less of a well thought out decision. In my experience, every one of my biggest successes came out of a perceived risk in the beginning. I think of it as synonymous with opportunity! I have found that the most important thing about risk taking is going into it with an open attitude and mind. I think it’s very easy to talk yourself into a big risk, execute, and then immediately panic at what you just did. But in my experience when I have been able to keep my mind open and thoughtful, something grand always ends up following that leap of faith.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Sometimes at dinner parties I’ve had someone ask the question to the group, “What do you know you are innately really good at?” For me, the answer is almost boring given my career path. Art. Yea, I’ve always been really good at art. At the age of 11, I took a portraiture class and when I brought my final product home to show my parents, it ended up eliciting tears – much to my surprise! It’s been a very winding path that has led me to finally become a professional artist, and it most certainly has not (and is still not) been easy. It takes a lot of fortitude and perseverance to do anything in the creative realm for an income. Still, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. What I love about where I am is that I get to express universal human experiences without words. My primary goal with my art is to give people a glimpse into the beauty that is humanity, and ultimately themselves. I will forever love depicting people and their stories through art.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of my all time favorite spots in Denver for a schmancy night out is El Five in the Highlands! They have some of the best cocktails, food, and view! After a night of frivolity, we would head to HOJA in Platte Park for the most delicious breakfast burrito and cafe de olla you will ever have. At some point we would probably take a stroll around Sloane’s lake and cap it off with a glass of wine on my back patio! (Sorry, not open to the public)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As corny and cliche as this will come off, genuinely, my parents deserve a massive amount of credit in my success. They are also entrepreneurs that from the get-go inspired a spirit of adventure and possibility in me. They have been along every step of the way, offering expertise, encouragement, networking, and opportunities.
Headshot: Annelise Blackwood