Our new featured artist is 26-year-old Danni Simpson who was born from the Land Down Under- Australia but decided to reside in the green fields of Belfast, Ireland. She has only been creating amazing art pieces for a couple of years but we were astounded by the maturity and brilliance of her work, as they look like she has already been doing this for more than that.
We are honored to get to know more about this amazing artist, as she shared how she started and her inspirations behind her art. Discover how she transitioned from doing makeup artistry to doing murals and other public arts. Ladies and gents, we are pleased to introduce to you, Danni Simpson.
An Interview with Danni Simpson
APA: What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?
Danni: Let me introduce myself, my name is Danni a 26-year-old female commercial and street artist from Australia.
I’m pretty new to the art scene, picking up a pen only two years ago and completing my first mural a year ago. However, my natural passion and talent for art have allowed me to complete a large number of projects and travel the globe to paint the world.
Since a young age, I have always been intrigued by everything creative. Sinking my teeth into makeup artistry and graphic design it wasn’t until 2016 where art & drawing really changed my life.
I never really seen myself as an ‘artist’ and in fact, I didn’t even know how to draw. At 24 I found myself in a very dark time of my life, a massive change in my life made me feel as though I had failed and realized that I actually didn’t have my own identity. Suffering from crippling anxiety I started drawing as a way to switch my mind off, focusing on mandalas as the simple line work was so therapeutic for me.
Trying not to be a recluse I started to sit at Burleigh Headland during the golden hours of the day to submerge myself into a better atmosphere and be around people while drawing. The thing I never imagined was that strangers began to approach me, question and compliment my work. They would sit with me and be inspired and I would watch as they started coming up with ideas on creative things they wanted to do. So I decided to so a market, I spent weeks creating stock for this market only to sell nothing. I was discouraged and stopped drawing altogether. Then a few weeks later I was having a coffee at Burleigh and someone approached me and said: "Hey where is your canvas I came to watch you draw".
It was that moment I realized that it didn't matter if I sold artwork if anyone liked it. What matters is that I enjoy it and I had the power to inspire other people. To make them feel something, which is way more powerful than what money can buy. So I started to draw again, I put a fair price on my work. Something that covered by time and material and if someone appreciated it and purchased then bonus. If not I was just doing what I loved anyway.
APA: What legacy do you want to leave?
Danni: The biggest legacy I feel I could leave is to be able to inspire everyone to just do what you love for the purpose of enjoying it. Not for financial gain. Spend time every day creating, spilling your thoughts onto paper. There are no rules in art, it’s your vision.
APA: What do you want people to obtain when they look at your work?
Danni: I always want you to look at least twice. At first, you see the biggest image, but with every closer look, you see that there is more to picture. Its symbolic of life. It’s a combination of small things that create the bigger picture.
APA: What is your workflow? What is your creative process from start to finish?
Danni: Every artwork will have a different process, but generally, I start with writing down what the message is that i am trying to get across. I then research key points to this, I look up images that relate, to get my imagination going. I then use my iPad pro and the app Procreate to concept my work. Digitally designing it until the client and I are happy with the look. Then to paint!
I have a few options, I can project outlines, grid or freehand the artwork depending on the location, surface and time restraints. Working from the background colours, I apply the paint and lastly illustrate the black linework making it all tie together.
APA: What advice would you give to other inspiring artists?
Danni: Create every single day, work double time. Do something every day that gets you closer to your goal. But never, ever forget why you started. Because you love art.
In the next decade, what do you wish to accomplish with your creative gifts?
Danni: In 2 years I have already been able to paint in 4 different countries. I would love to be able to expand on this to be able to leave a bit of me across the world.
What is the most challenging part of being an artist?
Danni: One of the biggest challenges of being an artist is working for yourself, finding a motivation to work even when creativity hits a low. Another struggle is an emotional attachment that as an artist we have with our work, so when someone does not see the amount of soul you have put into your work it can often feel very disheartening.
What is the best part about creating art?
Danni: The best part of creating art, however, is that I can wear my heart on the canvas, the brush strokes resemble my thoughts, the hidden imagery allows me to spill my soul without exposing it so obviously.
What do you believe is essential in creating a powerful work of art?
Danni: Personally, I feel my best work is the ones I throw my all into. I research the topic, I delve deep into telling a story purely through images. My first concept is not the finished work, I take my time to ensure its polished.
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