Danielle Herman has a 10-year plan. Although the Binghamton University student plan is multi-faceted and consists of many different academic degrees, it is all about creating art.
“Everyone is worried about where they’re going to be in the future and what’s going to happen,” said Herman, 21, of Vestal. “Making art, designing, thinking and being innovative doesn’t make you so afraid of the future. I’m working on it, I have my springboard.
Herman graduated from Owego Free Academy in 2012 and earned an Associate’s degree in Visual Communication from SUNY Broome Community College. She is now working on a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, with a minor in painting. From there, she plans to pursue an MFA, with a minor in teaching, at SUNY New Paltz, and then move on to the Fashion Institute of Technology to pursue fashion design.
“Just to go to fashion design, you have a think box. You only think about fashion design,” Herman said. “While if you do graphic design or you do visual communication, then you do fine art and you have teaching under your belt, and painting, you understand how it all works. I could potentially, in the future, make a dress entirely in oil paint.”
A baggy black T-shirt shielded his clothes from the excess paint that streaked through an art studio inside the fine arts building at Binghamton University. A multicolored striped miniskirt peeked out from under the makeshift blouse, the purple tones of the skirt matching her long purple hair.
“I feel like I have almost zero fashion sense,” Herman said. “I just threw on anything right now. But, I really care. I definitely notice other things.”
More recently, painting has been added to Herman’s plan. She started painting three years ago, as a requirement for a public mural course at SUNY Broome Community College. Although Herman said she “didn’t even think about painting at all”, her very first painting – a religiously themed painting of a girl with blue hair – was praised by Professor Bruce Greig. Since then, Herman started selling his paintings.
Herman’s specialty is portraits, which she also produced at Binghamton University. An unfinished, yet familiar face stretched across a four-foot canvas in the studio.
“He’s going to say ‘get that baby out of here,'” Herman said of looking at his portrait of Donald Trump, inspired by an August speech by Trump that was interrupted by a crying baby.
In addition to selling his paintings, Herman also works as a graphic designer for Bullseye Signs & Graphics and helps with custom framing at Michael’s. Also interested in sculpture, pottery and glassblowing, Herman said there was no medium she wouldn’t try.
After all, being exposed to many art forms is part of her plan.
“That’s how I try to get up and [an] advantage,” Herman said, “by getting all that experience in advance.
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Age: 21 years old
Education: SUNY Broome Community College, Associate’s Degree in Visual Communications; currently studying graphic design at Binghamton University
Family: Sister: Julia Johnson; Mother: Sue Herman; Father: Carl Hermann
Website: https://www.facebook.com/danielle.herman.142; https://www.vangoart.co/hermanda15,
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