Today we’d like to introduce you to Danila Marilú.
Danila, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I come from a family of artists and since early childhood I knew I wanted to share art and love with my community and I started going to art classes at an early age, then, later on, I started learning English, taking classes at the Cambridge Institute in Buenos Aires, at the moment I didn’t realize what a powerful tool it was to be able to speak more than one language…
I was 25 when in 2012 I took my first reiki class and from there on, I decided to travel the Americas, with a backpack full of dreams and an open path that would lead me to the beauty of the unknown.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Being an artist, in my opinion, requires lots of sacrifice. I was traveling to find myself and along the way the opportunities to make art and sustain myself throw it was abundant. I didn’t know what I was doing but it felt right, the reiki training helped me being more connected to my heart, and slowly I began traveling through many countries, sharing my art with locals in Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico where I met the love of my life and came to the United States as my final destination.
In all those travels I learned to trust my intuition, to be humbled by the beauty of nature and inspired infinitely by the beauty of people and their culture.
It was a road full of rocks but guided by love and faith!
Tell us more about your art.
I’m an independent artist, and I use mixed media as my main inspiration, I work with Crystal energy, color therapy and lots of glitters.
I also do organic henna, an art form I love. I don’t have a business, I’m just an artist who loves to share love through color, glitter, henna, and crystals! art that I love and deeply respect as it’s not a part of my original culture. Through henna, I’ve learned about jagua or huito, a natural blue dye that I’ve seen tribal communities use in the peruvian and panamian jungle. Jagua (genipa americana) is a fruit that can dye the skin blue and lasts from 1-4 weeks.
I love being able to add more beauty to the human body and to improve my skills by constant and persistent practice.
I also do cat photography and have an Instagram account dedicated to my cat obsession: @dallascatphotography
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My amazing husband, Michael Ball is my main source of inspiration, we have traveled together through Mexico and we live our best life inspiring one another me with my art and him with his music.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: danilamarilu
- Other: instagram.com/dallascatphotography