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My name is Danielle Rother (my maiden name is Danielle Duet) and I am 27-years-old. I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and I graduated from an all-girls Catholic high school, the Academy of the Holy Names, in 2009. In 2013 I graduated from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts. In 2016 I graduated from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota with a Master’s degree in Catholic Studies.
During my time as a student at the University of St. Thomas I worked as the Communications and Publicity Assistant in the Office of Campus Ministry. I designed a variety of posters and web graphics for retreats and other events held by the Office of Campus Ministry. Simultaneously, I worked as a Circulation Assistant for the Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library. While attending to the daily needs of the library, I was also commissioned to design information handouts, directional signs, labels, posters, and other print graphics that would be helpful to the library and its patrons.
Meanwhile, I am continuing to live in Minnesota doing freelance work in graphic design, digital imaging, video editing, and other forms of multimedia. I am proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite, especially with Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
I love the Catholic faith and desire to live it out in my own life and to share it with others through my artistic talents. I am very grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities I have had thus far and I look forward to what is next to come.
My artwork tends to be an exploration of my persona through visual techniques. Many of my pieces have been influenced by my childhood upbringing, faith, values, spirituality, or emotions experienced throughout daily life. As I grew up in a Catholic family it became my desire to illustrate the idea of something elegant, timeless, and holy. I focus on ideas that I believe will pull at the viewers’ heartstrings, making him or her feel moved, touched, or inspired by the artwork itself.
Over the years, I have developed my own artistic style that correlates to an eminent beauty. Just about all of my works, whether religious or not, have some element of sublime gracefulness that pertains to the piece. My artistic influences are wide and diverse—including the great Renaissance and Baroque artists, such as Michelangelo and Caravaggio. I also have a fascination with the artistic style of Walt Disney. The entertainment I experienced as a child revolved around many Disney animated features, such as Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. It is through my interaction with these films I have developed a love for animation and caricature.
My compositions encompass a variety of mediums ranging from traditional painting to computer graphic design. Within my art I am inclined to utilize vivid colors or black and white imagery. Several of my pieces also incorporate a gestural feel of movement while others are quiet and still. It is my desire that the movement or stillness convey a peaceful sense of holy transcendence.
I believe my pieces are most successful when I capture a spiritual and/or emotional level of intimacy that the viewer can find relatable. By exploring my inner self and personal experiences I have been able to understand my art better and also who I am as a person. As an artist, I aspire to illustrate imagery that is inspiring and captivating to the viewer. As a person, I wish to do the same with the way I live my life through the virtues of faith, hope, and love.