Artist / Graphic Designer

   danuta-niton My story begins in Poland, where I grew up and eventually earned my degree in Commercial Art and Advertising before setting my roots in Canada, over 30 years ago. Upon my immigration to Canada, I continued to expand my studies, taking numerous additional art courses at the Dundas Valley School of Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton and Mohawk College.
    My courses ranged from Graphic Design to Creative Watercolour to more recently, the Artist Educator program.
    My education led me to become a Graphic Designer, but my creative mind was always wandering, allowing me to explore many other faces of art - dabbling in painting, drawing, pyrography, creative face painting, sculpture, painting on windows, collage and mural creation.

  I was also one of the Lead Artists for a Community Arts project in collaboration with ICAA and Central Public School in Hamilton. This initiative was created to teach children (grades 5-8) about the process of creating large community artworks. This opportunity allowed them to see the production through from start to finish

Over the years, I have been heavily involved with the Polish Community in Hamilton. I work on many different projects with children, youth and seniors. A majority of the projects are of artistic nature - creating murals, art classes, Easter egg colouring.

I was extremely grateful for the opportunity to mentor and guide several different youth-led projects run by young artists from in and around the Hamilton community. Many of these projects involved creative activities and exercises. We created large-scale pieces and murals with kids that were later displayed around the Hamilton Harbour area. Most notably, the ‘Young Artists Among Us’ Exhibition, which ran for 4 consecutive years, was an incredible success and it was so inspiring to watch these young minds work together and push themselves to accomplish something that had an impact on their community and got exponentially better and bigger each year that it ran.

In 2015, I was one of four artists chosen to execute my ‘artistic vision’ on an ‘Exploding Soccer Ball’ for the PanAm games. Of course, the arts teacher in me found a way to involve the community to help finish this aluminum installation. My vision for this project was to create a colourful mosaic, collaging found and foraged objects together to give the overall piece (soccer ball) a radiating, rainbow gradient. I invited friends, friends of friends, neighbours and other members of the community to come be a part of this piece. It was amazing to watch and work with these people, some of whom had never been exposed to the creative process, giving them the freedom to make their own artistic decisions and experience community collaboration

More recently, I started my own Social Painting Classes which have been a blast! They allow me to share my knowledge and my passion while teaching others to create by example.

Being an artist is not easy, so I am grateful that my hard work and perseverance has paid off and that I am able to combine being a professional artist, graphic designer and arts educator into my career. Currently, I live, work and create in my home studio in Dundas, Ontario.

In 2017 I was nominated for the Hamilton Arts Award - Artist Educator.

Visual artist, muralist,
graphic designer,
and arts educator.  
Immigrated to Canada from Poland over 30 years ago.
With a degree in
Commercial Arts and
Advertising,
pursued her career in art and advertising,
always seeking new,
creative opportunities,
inspiring youth, and
involving herself in the Hamilton Arts Community.


Her portfolio includes
a variety of media, such as:
computer graphic design;
acrylic and watercolour painting; portraits in pencil;
creative window and face
painting.
Social Painting Art Classes

 I take part in many exhibitions in local galleries and venues.

On many occasions I have been asked what kind of art do I like to create and what inspires me? There is no simple answer, because it all depends on many different factors, including where I am in my life, what kind of mood I am in, the season, whether I want to create something for myself or for other people to enjoy, etc. I use many various techniques and mediums to create my art such as, watercolours, acrylics, graphite. I also like switching and experimenting with creating realistic pieces and abstract ones. My portfolio includes a variety of work ranging from small paintings (3x3 inches) to huge murals longer than 200ft.

Accomplishments and Projects
• Accomplished community artist
• Chosen to execute my ‘artistic vision’ on an ‘Exploding Soccer Ball’ for the PanAm games.
• My Studio is in The Dundas Studio Tour
• Prints and cards of my Dundas Historical Building watercolour series are sold at Carnegie Gallery and many stores throughout the town
• Owner / Graphic Designer – Art of Design, established in 1995
• Completed Artist Educator program at Art Gallery of Hamilton
• Published/Edited Polish-language newspaper and magazine
• Implemented many youth programs in cooperation with Hamilton Community Foundation, and Ontario Arts Council (“Young Artists Among Us” – 4 years, “Healthy Active Living”, “Science of Garbage”. “Start to Speak”, “True Colours” Painting Murals with Central Public School in Hamilton, and “Shine Brighter” mural created with Sheridan College students in Mississauga).
• Member (past and present) of many community groups, including: Hamilton Arts Council, Hamilton Media Advisory Council, Polish Canadian Women’s Federation, Immigrant Culture and Art Association, Women’s Art Association of Hamilton, Royal Canadian Legion