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My name is Dani. I have always loved creating art, my favourite medium being pencils, even as a young child I was always scribbling and much to my poor Mum’s distress was always covered in graphite and charcoal, in fact I have many fond memories of her hollering at me to “Go and wash your face, you’re not a bloody chimney sweep”. But despite the mess and the many artistic marks on the carpet, she was always incredibly encouraging of my love to draw. 

For most of my childhood it was just the two of us, me and my mum, she was the most incredible mother, my best friend and my hero. So when she passed away when I was still very young, after a very courageous fight against cancer, it was unsurprising that I really didn’t cope well with her loss or my grief. I desperately wanted a way to hold on to a part of her, but back then cremation solutions were fairly unknown and most of the ones that were available were really ugly, she would definitely not have approved. 

This was when I really connected with my art, by directing my grief into my artistic process, and creating a memorial that would live on, it enabled me to begin to accept my loss and although the pain was intensified at first, I started to heal. This process was ineffable and although it would still be many years until it would be established, this was the start of Forever in my Art. 

It was around this time that I started to draw for other people as well as myself, and I eventually created Dani Davis Art, drawing people and pet portraits, I didn’t want to just recreate photographs, but also try to capture their personalities in the drawing. It wasn’t long before I started getting requests to draw people and pets who had passed away, often from older and poor quality photographs, this felt very daunting at first, but I knew I had to do it. I remembered the emotionally charged pictures I had created when my mum died and how much it had comforted and helped me to have the image of her live on, and I wanted to help others find that same level of solace. 

The first time someone mentioned using cremation ashes in my portraits, I honestly wondered why I’d never thought of it before. This was a real way to have my loved ones live on, to actually have a small part of them be captured forever in their own image, to live forever in my art. 

I immediately started working on a process that would allow me to incorporate cremation ashes into a drawing, unlike with paint I couldn’t just mix them in, I needed a different way and it was important that it be respectful and dignified. It took some time and some emotionally painstaking trials, but I finally perfected my process. And I knew that I needed to share this process with other people who were looking for a way to keep their loved ones close to them, and who would find comfort in a beautiful visual remembrance that not only embodied their loved one, but actually contained a real part of them. And so Forever in my Art was born. 

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about my artistic process or my story, please contact me and I will be happy to answer. 

Dani x

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