Growing up with an environment devoted to creativity, imagination and Disney fandom, Danielle knew from the beginning that she wasn't any ordinary kid. Born and raised in the heart of California, Danielle dreamt of moving to LA just to be somebody. In her child years, she had hopes of being a choreographer, as she was inspired by the pop icons of the 90's and her Latina heritage. The problem was she would be too shy to even dance in front of my parents. Danielle always knew, though, that the arts became something she had a passion for.
Recognizing the trait of my artistic grandfather, her mother saw a great deal of dedication in Danielle when it came to sketching and story-telling. It was then that Danielle started introducing herself to art classes, Walt Disney documentaries and seeing where she could take her role with high ambition and excessive imagination.
Entering high school, Danielle was introduced to music and devoted a decade of her life to guitar and song writing. Sadly, she put the guitar down after the economic crisis hit and had to learn how to survive with only the knowledge of art. But this gave her the drive of being fearless and presentable when it came to being on a small solo stage in front of 100s of people.
Arriving college, she was fascinated by black and white photography after playing around with a quick snap-and-shoot camera. Immediately, she broke out from a new hobby to an independent photographer. She would shoot weddings, children events, anniversaries, live shows and even became an after-school photography instructor for a year. After half a decade of growing her own experience, she still shoots for events while finding new challenges.
In 2011, she noticed a growing trend in cake decorating. With a 4-month training course with Wilton, Danielle started creating cakes for family, friends and acquaintances for numerous events; i.e. weddings, baby showers, etc. While the Central Valley lacked a lot of opportunity for the art culture, Danielle credits her time of work with cakes as an external outlet to show her hard work, devotion, and artistic ability.
In the fall of 2015, Danielle joined forces with Fresno Underground Arts and broke from unknown artist to a growing entrepreneur of D. Kerper Arts. In less than a year, she achieved over 20 shows in Fresno venues and galleries and still not finished yet. In September 2016, she had signed up for Long Beach Comic Con, making this her first experience to present her work outside of Fresno County. In her journey, she was able to meet amazing artists and entrepreneurs along the way, giving me more knowledge and strength in my skills and passion.
As of now, Danielle still dreams of living out her childhood dream to move to Los Angeles and develop a life as a multimedia artist, and maybe one day sign a deal with Disney Studios. She hopes to introduce herself as a freelance artist and entrepreneurs who is inspired tremendously by vintage ads, black and white films, vintage and retro cartoons, the original Twilight Zone, Ancient European architecture, Dada, alternative rock music, and idolizing artists like Walt Disney, Tim Burton, and Charles Addams. With the experience, she has learned a lot by studying the masters of the arts and is swayed by the quirky, abstract, pop-cultured, and misfit world. Until then, she still refers to herself as an art student, as she never stops learning what art has to offer.
"When I die, then you can call me an artist."- D. Kerper
"The way to get started is to quit talking, and begin doing!"
"Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else's dreams?"
"I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art."
"The earth without 'art' is just 'eh'"