In the Tupac Art Inspiration series, we have spoken to some truly talented artists so far about how Tupac influences their craft and how they have taken inspiration from ‘Pac’s Life and lyrics.
We have recently spoken to 25 year old Danielle Weber, an Australian artist based in Melbourne. Her work speaks for itself, having high profile clients that include Hollywood actors, Olympians and sporting stars, Danielle has certainly cemented her name in the art world.
O4L Online: Welcome Danielle and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with O4L Online. Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to follow your path as an artist?
I have always loved art but I was sure I would never make a living out of it. My mum has always been very artistic and seeing her talent inspired me as a child. My mum is the one who encouraged me to do what I love and pursue my art. I get to do what I love everyday and I owe my current and future successes to her. In a way, being told it was something I couldn’t accomplish also motivated me to succeed even more.
The joy and appreciation that my art brings out in clients, family and friends inspires me every single day. I’ve had my doubts throughout this process however meeting Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and having him telling me to pursue it was definitely a pivotal moment in deciding to pursue my path as an artist.
O4L Online: Wow what a feeling that must of been for you to have caught the attention of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson! We believe he isn’t the only high profile client of yours. Australian professional football player, Tim Cahill, is another celebrity you have done artwork for. Can you tell us your experiences of working with such high profile clients?
I guess I don’t see them as clients, the pieces I did for both Tim Cahill and Dwyane Johnson were pieces to say thank you for their support. They both lead busy lives and always take the time to message me and encourage me which I’ll be forever grateful for.
O4L Online: What is the process of making your artwork?
Finding perfect references and the design process is sometimes a longer process than the creation itself. I’ll spend hours finding multiple photo references, do a few sketches and then start on canvas. I always try do a sketch before I commence painting.
O4L Online: Your work has been seen all over the globe. We love your artwork, especially of the Hip Hop artists you have done. Can you tell us about your inspiration behind painting Tupac and the feedback you have had?
I’ve always been a fan of rap and hip hop, however I didn’t know a lot about it. People asked me to paint Tupac which prompted me to explore his background. I began to listen to him more and more, and there’s an ever-growing respect for his story and music. And that’s the beauty of Art, it educates, it triggers feelings, it allows people to explore genres and subjects they may never have had the pleasure of encountering.
For the most part I receive positive feedback. I believe by painting legends such as Tupac , they live on and I’m sure he’d love it.
O4L Online: We are sure that ‘Pac would love your artwork too! We believe artist’s like yourself are contributing to keeping his legacy alive for generations to come, in the form of your artwork. Tupac has been gone for 22 years but his legacy is still going strong. Have you any words you would like to say to the Tupac fans who admire your work?
I truly believe and agree with you guys on that one! Images are powerful and will live on, however the power of artwork speaks to people on another level. I’d like to say thank you to those who positively encourage artists who dedicate their time and talent to create their own interpretation of ‘Pac. We appreciate it immensely.
O4L Online: You must be very proud of the work you have done up until this point in time. What has been your favorite piece of art that you have done up until this point and what are your plans for the future?
Thank you! I am, however I know I have so much to learn and so much more to give. Favourite piece would be a painting of myself and my brother (which I now have tattooed on me). It’s a piece I painted in 2015, where I imposed a photo of us hugging as kids, into a doorway I photographed in Macedonia.
My future plans – bigger and better I guess! I’m really enjoying murals and I hope to start making my art worldwide on large walls.
O4L Online: Thank you Danielle. We love your artwork and wish you the very best for the future.