With an inquisitive stance and both a love of color and concept, Raleigh-based artist DANYELLE LAKIN’S aim is to create pretty yet provocative paintings, in essence, about the Human Condition.

In striving to portray the wonderfully interesting world of dysfunction and imperfection (and hence, the beauty found within), cheerfully kitsch imagery is playfully used in contrast to the deeper, more ominous undercurrents and implications when the surface is scratched.

Primarily a figurative painter, the eyes are often the central focus of the artwork, the rationale being the artist firmly believes in the cliché of the “eyes being the window to the soul.”  In turn, the mouths are painted smaller as “actions speak louder than words.”