Pouka Art & Photography  |  Danica Barreau, CPP  |  614-678-3058  |  Grove City, OH

 

Meet Danica

 

Bonjour! My name is Danica Barreau (duh-NEE-kuh buh-ROH) and I’m the photographer and artist behind Pouka Art & Photography.

My father is French, (as well as an artist and a gourmet cook) so I grew up overseas, spending my summers in France in a little town in the Loire Valley. During the school year we lived in Germany where my American mother was a teacher for military dependents.

I moved to the US to attend university where I dreamt of being a successful architect until the reality of math and physics and my love of color and fabrics drove me into the arms of Interior Design. That affair lasted until the rent was due and then I took a corporate gig for a top telecom company. I now live in central Ohio with a very patient school teacher, trying to keep my home in some semblance of order while raising lots of dogs, cooking fine meals, and pursuing my passion for art and photography.

I started out as a traditional portrait artist, specializing in colored and graphite pencils. I fell in love with photography and then transitioned to digital painting as the years progressed.

I am a Certified Professional Photographer and a member of the Professional Photographer of Ohio and its parent organization, Professional Photographers of America.

  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 pouka-esque characteristics.
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. 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).

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

Certified Professional Photographer since 2016
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 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, 2017, 2016
Professional Photographers of Ohio – 2nd Place in Image Competition, 2017, 2016
Professional Photographers of Ohio – 3rd Place in Image Competition, 2017
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 American – Top 10 Artist NE District, 2016