Earlier this year, Melbourne-based Danielle Weber attended the ‘Arnold Sports Festival’ at MCEC (Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre) in Melbourne. It was there that Arnold Schwarzenegger saw her painting a live portrait of him. Instantly taken with her work, he inquired about her details – and this led her on an exciting journey to LA (from which she just recently returned!), during which she was commissioned to paint a portrait of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The portrait, titled ‘Timeless’, contributed an amazing $12,000 USD to ‘After-School All-Stars’, a comprehensive after-school program that helps children stay safe, whilst also helping succeed in school and life.
This wasn’t Danielle’s first brush with fame, however. Danielle’s career has also led her to meet Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who originally saw her work on Instagram and contacted her regarding a commission. Now, The Rock proudly supports Danielle on her journey.
Alongside Dwayne, Danielle’s work has led her to interact with a variety of clients all over the world: from Hollywood actors to sports stars from Australia to the Middle East. Alongside individual clients, Danielle engages with companies too: Converse, Uncle Jack Watches and Taubmans Australia are just some of the brands she has worked with.
Her artworks themselves are just as varied. Although many of her pieces are realist, she does engage in abstract pieces every now and then, and they exist in many different locations. From Burwood to America, her murals bring beauty and life to dozens of areas, including walls, gyms, dance studios, cafes and shop fronts.
What really stands out about Danielle, alongside from the gorgeous artworks she creates, is her interest in supporting young women.
“Lots of artists, especially young women, message me. I understand what they’re going through: I myself still sometimes face struggles when I rock up to building sites! That’s why I try to help young artists. I want to empower them and guide them before and through these situations, because there’s so much more to being a female artist than knowing how to execute a mural.”
When it comes to giving advice, Danielle believes that:
“Time is a massive factor. Even if it’s an hour a day, just put any time that you have into your craft. Develop and create as much work as you can. The more you have to show for yourself, the more confident you will feel in yourself. As a woman, go about your work as you normally would. Sometimes you’ll have to be more cautious. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself – and if anyone ever hurts you, take it as a reflection of them rather than a reflection of you.”
Hard-working, talented and caring: Melbourne is lucky to have Danielle Weber on its soil. One last piece of advice? “Don’t ever let anyone ruin your passion.”
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us, Danielle, and we wish you all the best on your future endeavours. It’s so inspiring to see successful strong women achieving their goals. We can’t wait to see what – or rather, who – else you’ll paint!
Check it all out at daniellesartwork.com or on Instagram @daniellesartworkofficial
Written by Daniela Koulikov