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Art & Life with Dani LeRose

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dani LeRose.

Dani, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
During my senior year of college, to get my nursing degree, I started painting as a way to unwind. I could recall my senior year of high school, in which I took a painting class. I absolutely adored this class and looked forward all day to when I could put my headphones in and just paint.

After I graduated, I started to realize that painting was my true passion in life. I began working as a nurse in Indiana, but longed for something more for my paintings. I started my own small painting business, Black Rose Paintings. Not long after, I decided to move to Los Angeles, where there is a stronger art culture and my creativity could thrive. I have been out here now for a little over 2 years and I absolutely love it. I feel lucky to have been able to show my work at various shows in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.

I work mostly in acrylics, and my work tends to be very detail-oriented and have vibrant colors. Most of my work is commission-based paintings, which I enjoy doing because I prefer to create something specifically for someone. However, my artistic goals include completing a utility box design and completing a wall mural. I love painting and I can’t wait to see it where it takes. I had an uncle who was an abstract artist in NYC, that died shortly before I was born. I’ve been told that our personalities are very similar and I can’t help but feel like his soul is guiding me as an artist.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I work mostly with acrylic on canvas. However, some of my past projects have also included watercolor, oils, tattoo design, logo design, children’s book illustration, and chalkboard design. The message differs with every project, and most of my works are commissioned pieces. When I do a painting for myself, it is largely inspired by politics or a viewpoint I am trying to express. I am very passionate regarding climate change and protecting our environment, which was the message behind my painting Planet B. I also felt very strongly about gun violence after the Las Vegas shooting, which inspired my painting Mourning Cloak. For these, I hope that these issues will register more strongly on the public’s radar as a result of my work and spark a much-needed conversation. You should know that I am largely self-taught, although I have taken a handful of public drawing and painting classes over the past few years. You should also know that I chose the name of painting business sort of half-heartedly. I love the color black and my last name is LeRose (hence Rose). It wasn’t until a few weeks after I had decided upon the name that my mom told me my dad proposed to my mom in a front of a bar, and the name of that bar had been Black Rose.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I think the biggest challenge is being able to make a sustainable living off of just artwork. We (artists) are generally easy to find, so support local art! Don’t buy some cheap manufactured piece produced by some major company. Buy a cheap, original piece from an amazing artist like me 🙂 I strongly believe in fair prices for artwork, based off of cost of materials and time spent to produce (i.e. not insanely overpriced).

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can see my work on my website:

Or on social media:
Instagram: @danileroseart or #blackrosepaintings

You can support my work by buying clothing from a company I collaborated with:

Or by buying a piece from my website, or by requesting a commission, or by coming to one of my shows, which I advertise and promote on Instagram and Facebook!

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Image credit for Skellington, goes to the movie A Nightmare Before Christmas (Touchstone Pictures) and its character Jack Skellington.
Image credit goes to the movie Alice In Wonderland (Walt Disney Pictures) and the character the MadHatter, portrayed by actor Johnny Depp.
Image credit goes to the movie Maleficent (Walt Disney Pictures) and the character Maleficent, portrayed by actress Angelina Jolie.

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