Born and raised in Louisiana, I have been an artist my entire life. Since 2016 I have been more intentional about creating works of art, and also creating for other people. My art sees no boundaries and has no limitations on location. My work lives in backyards, in living rooms, and even on St. Charles Avenue in a co-working space.
Artist + Danielle Keys
Describe your art in three words.
Free, Limitless, Vibrant
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in your community? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
What I love most about creating art, besides being such a healing factor in my own life, is also providing more representation of women in the space. I am so grateful and heavily inspired by the local art community of New Orleans; without it, I wouldn't know what was possible for me.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
For commissions, I like to gauge the vision of the buyer. I have a background in media and communications which allows me to look at it through the lens of bringing a vision to life. For my personal/original work, it's usually a vision that comes to me that I feel the need to bring into the tangible world.
Where do you draw inspiration?
I'm inspired by the world around me. Whether it is through music, healing, and/or the community I'm so deeply connected to.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
I am inspired by so many people, to be honest, and I try to use that inspiration in a way that still allows me to be authentic to myself. I'm inspired by artists across various mediums, especially people whose work speaks for them and is easily identified as theirs. If I had to name one: Tamara Natalie Madden.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
Music is such a big part of my artistic process, I listen to music almost all day and it varies, so this question is really hard. In this present moment, I'd pull from Erykah Badu's "On and On". My artistic journey hasn't been traditional, life kind of just happened, and I am always grateful for the journey that got me here and continues. "The world keeps turning. Oh what a day, what a day, what a day. Peace and blessings manifest with every lesson learned. If your knowledge were your wealth, then it would be well-earned."
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
I'm always creating art, just in different forms. I work full-time in media and communications so it ranges from graphic design to film. I paint as leisure. But if not doing that, you can find me indulging in health/wellness, enjoying some good food, or laying out in the sun.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Spring and Fall.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I can't whistle.
Works listed online may be available to be viewed at Where y’Art Works Gallery by appointment.
"Nanny of the Maroons" is housed at 1206 St. Charles Ave at the Maroon Work Space.
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