Dan "DANNO" Drouin
"Art is my life blood"
Since childhood, I have been very passionate about art.
Nothing has changed and that passion still runs deep within me today.
After graduating art school in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada in my teens,
where I was first introduced to the art of sign painting, I went on to study
Graphic Design at Mohawk College in Brantford, Ontario.
Prior to graduating in the summer of 1988, I was introduced to Butch Robinson,
a locally renowned sign painter, water colour and pencil sketch artist who would mentor me for many years to come. It was upon meeting Butch that I found
my true calling in the world of art as a sign painter.
Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with many "old timer" sign painters, a billboard advertising shop and various other sign shops throughout Ontario, Canada. Along the way it has been my goal to pick up as much experience and advice as I possibly could. I learned from an early age that listening to and watching what works successfully for others would be of great benefit to me.
So far it seems to be working.
I am always trying to better myself in whatever I do, whether it be refining my skills as a graphic designer, a sign painter and pinstriper or just trying to win a game of chess against a blind guy. (True story...it happened once).
In my spare time, I enjoy canoeing either down the Grand River or up north in one of the luxurious lakes we have in Ontario or just heading to the cottage for a few days. Listening to 60's - 80's era rock and collecting vinyl records is also a huge passion of mine, and of course, anything Alice Cooper related. Remember the Coop!
I am a father as well to two beautiful children who have been nothing but the joy of my life and I look forward to seeing them make their mark in life.
I also volunteer for a number of local charities such as Big Hair for Little Kids, Autism Dog Services and Help A Child Smile or just donating my services to other friends who are involved in their own personal charities.
Being able to use my talents in such a way that might benefit or simply put a smile on the face of someone not quite as fortunate as me is truly heartwarming.
Proficient in both hand painted methods as well as computer generated graphic design, I always strive for perfection in all that I do. Playing close attention to the details and always trying my best to do what is right for the customer.
I have a very profound understanding that if the customer is happy,
then I have performed my job well.
I welcome the opportunity to work with you on any projects you have.
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up"
Butch Robinson (1946 - 2013) owned and operated Robinson Art/Sign
for over 30 years in the Brantford, Ontario area.
He was a great friend, like an older brother and a great mentor.
If it wasn't for Butch I never would have evolved as a sign painter or become the person I am today.
We spent many years together, had a million laughs along the way and is truly missed.
This is Jett and I up at the cottage. She is a Husky cross. With what I don't know.
Something bipolar I assume. We get along....mostly. Like when I have pizza and beer readily available.
But I love her! How could you not. Just look at her.