On March 17, 2020 I was laid off work due to the pandemic. I felt very isolated. I looked for an activity to complete everyday. It was early spring in Southern Alberta, so I spent part of my time watching for the birds that were returning to the yard during migration. I decided to paint the birds as I saw them. On one side of my living room, the wall space is long and windowless, so I chose this to serve as a canvas. For seventy days straight, I painted one life-sized bird a day on my living room wall. I began posting each bird daily on social media. The birds served as brilliant facilitators, providing the much—needed interactive link between myself and fellow artists, birders, friends and even my own family. Five months later, I am now pleased to report that my birds are officially migrating to canvas!
In May 2019, Danin graduated with Great Distinction from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art. She completed an Honour's Thesis on the Found Object in the Expanded Studio. She has received awards both in painting and in sculpture. She has participated in several group exhibitions through the University of Lethbridge, Southern Alberta Art Gallery and Casa. She had her first solo exhibition of her works at le Petit Trianon in Lethbridge, Alberta in 2018. Danin was also named the Runner—Up winner of the 2018 S.O.L.A.R. Awards (in sculpture) and won People's Choice at the 2019 S.O.L.A.R. Awards (in painting). In September of 2020, Danin will have her second solo exhibition of her works opening at Casa in Lethbridge, Alberta.