|  what’s a pouka?  |
 

noun        |         pou*ka         |         \’poo kah\

1. A benign but mischievous creature from Celtic mythology who is especially fond of social outcasts.

2. The invisible 6’3″ tall rabbit from the 1950 comedy-drama movie entitled “Harvey” starring Jimmy Stewart.

3. A nickname given to Danica by her father who apparently thought she had poukaesque characteristics.

“Inside Voice” – Self-portrait.

My name is Danica Barreau (duh-NEE-kuh buh-ROH) and I’m the redhead you see plastered all over this site. I’ve written my name phonetically because people always pronounce it wrong – don’t worry; I won’t hold it against you. It happens every. single. day. I had a Starbucks barista pronounce it correctly last week and I was almost too stunned to grab my drink. Almost.

My mom is a retired DoDDS teacher (which partially explains my obsession with the oxford comma and my preference for military time) and my dad is a sculptor, painter, and chef. He’s also French so, yeah, je parles francais. I spent a few years in France, about thirteen years in Germany, and moved to the US in ’92.

I live in central Ohio with a very patient school teacher and lots of dogs and cats, cooking fine meals, and pursuing my passion for art and photography. I’ve fostered over twenty-five dogs for English Setter rescue,  and even owned a dog daycare for several years called “The PawSpa for Dogs”.

My painting and photography is a creative outlet for all the ideas I have buzzing around in my head. If I had to keep them all inside, I think I’d explode. Being able to put things on paper (because, yes, digital paintings and photographs are absolutely made to be printed) quiets the inside voices.

|  WHY CHOOSE ME  |

Client pencil portrait.

The proof that professional digital artists don’t just use filters or click a few buttons to create their works is that all of our paintings look different. We have unique approaches to brushwork and composition and color. I hope you choose me because you love my work. I’m very serious about my craft and I love creating artwork for other people. 

I worked in traditional pencils, creating portraits for friends and family for many years before I started experimenting with the digital medium. I understand the texture of brushstrokes on various surfaces and how colors should blend. It also gives my digital work a unique style that’s a mix of pencil strokes and paint. 

I was the 2018 Artist of the Year in Ohio, I’m a Certified Professional Photographer, I’ve received both bronze and silver medals for my artwork at the International level, and I have my Master Artist degree from the Professional Photographers of America.  I take continuing education classes throughout the year, attend conventions and product expositions, and keep up to date with new software releases so that I stay at the peak of my game and provide my clients with the best final product possible. My paintings are an investment and will bring you a lifetime of memories and smiles!

Colored pencil portrait of my mother.
The artist with her father and PPA President Stephen Thetford receiving her Master Artist degree.
Tongue-in-cheek self-portrait.

|  the staff  |

Heather

GENERAL ASSISTANT

The photography and painting studio is a group effort. Heather works as a dog wrangler and a VAL (voice-activated light stand) and is an integral part of our success.

Nugget

OFFICE MANAGER

Nugget, a kitten our assistant found wandering on the playground at a local preschool, has risen rapidly through the ranks at the studio and now manages every activity there. She watches the on-screen editing with an eagle eye and doesn’t hesitate to point out mistakes.

Finch

LIGHT TESTER

Roundriver’s A. Finch is a young Ryman English Setter with a tongue storage problem. He works in the studio as a light tester, standing in for clients so that the photographer can get the lights set up in the right place. He’s very patient and works for vast amounts of treats.

Sparrow

FOOT WARMER

DeCoverly’s Sparrow Georgette CGCA ACT2 TKA is a bilaterally deaf Ryman English Setter. She plays a very important role in the studio – foot warmer for the editing staff. She was the original light tester but happily passed that role on to her younger brother.

SAM

NECK WARMER

Sam, another recently rescued kitten, finishes off the two-man warming team by hanging out on the backs of the chairs to keep the necks of the editors warm. At twelve pounds, he also provides a bit weight training.

English Setter in bunny ears

WHAT’S UP WITH ALL THE ENGLISH SETTER PHOTOGRAPHS?

Yes, I photograph a lot of English Setters. I rescued a very photogenic deaf English Setter (ACES Carter “Bunny” LeDoux) back in 2005 and documented his every move for years, using him to practice my photography skills. I became a foster parent and photographed my English Setter fosters and then volunteered to photograph other foster dogs. I have photographed many different breeds but my clients come from word of mouth; the English Setter community is very tight-knit so many of my subjects are English Setters.

I adopted another deaf English Setter in 2013 (DeCoverly’s Sparrow Georgette) and then another in 2014 (RoundRiver’s A. Finch) so they show up frequently in my personal images, Instagram, and Facebook posts. Click here for more information on Deaf English Setters.

For Fellow Photographers

I shoot with a crop-sensor Canon 7D Mark II and occasionally I borrow a Sony a7R ii. I use a Flashpoint Rovelight strobe and an old PB White Lightening as well as multiple Yongnuo and Canon flashes triggered with the Yongnuo 622 series. I use a variety of modifiers – a 5′ octo, a beauty dish, a strip box, a 2x3 softbox… whatever gets the results I need! I process my images in Adobe LR and PS using a Wacom Intuos tablet. My website is self-designed WP using a Divi theme and hosted by GoDaddy (since 1998).

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATION

Bachelor of Science, major in Interior Design  – The Ohio State University – 1992
Certified Professional Photographer – Professional Photographers of America – 2017
Master Artist Degree – Professional Photographers of America – 2019

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Professional Photographers of Ohio (PPO)
Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
The American Society of Photographers (ASP)

PUBLICATIONS

The House That Pinterest Built“, Diane Keaton, Rizzoli Publishing, 2018
Puppycake.com, 2018
“Loan Collection Book”, Professional Photographers of America, Marathon Publishing, 2018, 2017, 2016
“Showcase Book”, Professional Photographers of America, Marathon Publishing, 2018, 2017
Setterly Yours“, Danica Barreau, Ingramspark, 2016, 2009
“Orvis – The Dog Book”, Orvis, 2014
“Just English Setters Calendar”, Willowcreek Press, 2018, 2017, 2016

PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

Professional Photographers of America – Bronze, 2018
Professional Photographers of Ohio – Top 10 Photographer, 2018, 2017, 2016
Professional Photographers of America – Grand Imaging Award 3rd Place, 2017
Prix de la Photographie de Paris – Honorable Mention, 2017
Professional Photographers of America – NE District Grand Imaging Award 1st Place, 2017
IPPY Independent Publisher Awards – Silver, 2017
Arts in the Alley – 1st Place Professional Photography, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Arts in the Alley – 2nd Place Professional Photography, 2014, 2013
Arts in the Alley – 3rd Place Professional Photography, 2017
Arts in the Alley – 2nd Place in Amateur Photography, 2012
Arts in the Alley – Grand Easel Award, 2011
Arts in the Alley – Best in Show, Photography, 2010
Arts in the Alley – People’s Choice, Photography, 2010, 2009

ARTIST AWARDS

Professional Photographers of America – Silver, 2018, 2016
Professional Photographers of America – Bronze, 2017
Professional Photographers of Ohio – Number 1 Artist in Ohio, 2018
Professional Photographers of Ohio – Top 10 Artist in Ohio, 2018, 2017
Professional Photographers of Ohio – Court of Honors, 2018
Professional Photographers of Ohio – 4/4 – 2018
Professional Photographers of America – Bronze, 2017
Professional Photographers of Ohio – Studio Pro Group Pictorial Award, 2017
Prix de la Photographie de Paris – Honorable Mention, 2017
Professional Photographers of Ohio – 1st Place in Image Competition, 2018, 2017, 2016
Professional Photographers of Ohio – PASO Most Creative Image Award – 2016
Arts in the Alley – 1st Place in Fine Arts – 2016
Arts in the Alley – Judge’s Award – 2016
Professional Photographers of America – Top 10 Artist NE District, 2016