The Heroine’s Journey of Dani Campbell

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I love being able to produce work that shares a piece of myself while connecting and inspiring others. There are no boundaries so I am able to paint, illustrate and write wherever my imagination takes me.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Internal balance, in life and in love.
What is my greatest fear? One day letting my disability (Multiple Sclerosis) restrict me mentally or physically from pushing forward in achieving my dreams.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Overthinking, I analyze and question everything.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I love artists that inspire and give back to others. Two that inspire me most are artist Jeff Huntington and writer Neil Gaiman.
What is my greatest extravagance? Collecting books and comic books.
On what occasion would I lie? To save someone’s life, no other reason.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? That my work is so controlled, but I am learning how to let go and be more free flowing.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I was about 6 or 7 drawing at the lunch table with broken crayons at PS 25 elementary school in Jersey City, NJ. I thought less then and just created.
If I could, what would I change about myself? My overthinking and worrying less about future outcomes.
What is my greatest achievement in work? Overcoming having to retire from my career as an adjudicator and start again after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. My ability to pick up a paint brush or a pen and not let my disability stop me from creating a new path.
Where would I most like to live? Somewhere warm, in a cozy little house with character in every corner of it, surrounded by lots of books.
What is my most treasured possession? My children, and my copy of The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle, pub. in 1883.
What is my most marked characteristic? My empathy for people that I learned growing up and my integrity, a valued trait I learned during my military service in the US Navy.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? A little art gallery called Fin Art on West Street in downtown Annapolis, MD. It’s an amazing inspirational space filled with local art and some of the best and supportive people and artists I’ve ever met.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? A Greek restaurant/bar named Perry’s. It has great food and some of the best friends I’ve ever made who are always there to help each other out.
What books influenced my life and how? The two books that influenced me greatly were “Five Children and It” by E. Nesbit and Sir Thomas Mallory’s “Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table”. They taught me valuable lessons in morals, perseverance and what loyalty means. They also allowed me to take my mind on an adventure and travel through time.
Who are my favorite writers? Neil Gaiman and Ernest Hemingway.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? I have a lot of musician friends, so I would want to hear their voices and songs. Skribe (Aaron Yealdhall), Alexander Peters, who coincidently inspired me to begin painting again, and I would add a bit of George Harrison and Eric Clapton into the mix.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Robin Hood.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? All of the military veterans that have served, first responders, my children and friends who keep me humble.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? The Iron Giant, the best animated movie ever and a film by director Daniel Maldonado called H.O.M.E.
What role plays art in my life and work? It’s in every aspect of my life, art is how I communicate and connect with the world, and serves as an outlet for myself. It also teaches me. Viewing or reading other artists and writers works are where I learn and continue to evolve as an artist, writer and as a person.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? That would have to be my best friend, Bobby. He inspires me everyday, brings me much needed laughter during my hard times and is always there to support me with unconditional love and understanding. He is awesomesauce.
Whom would I like to work with in 2019? I would love to work with some comic book greats, as well as continue to work with local underprivileged kids to help give them an outlet through art and writing. I love working with the non profit organizations Future History Now and Warrior Music Foundation.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019? Neil Gaiman and Christian Ward.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? I’m looking forward to working in the comic book industry. I feel like it’s a new adventure and something different to re-spark my passion of art with my long time love of comics.
Art by Dani Campbell on Facebook, https://danicampbellart.wixsite.com/dani
I have some shows booked in Baltimore, MD and Annapolis, MD coming up this spring and summer. I am also hoping my writing will be published by the end of the year. All of my upcoming projects will be announced on my websites.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? To me it means that even if you hit an obstacle, for me it was my disease, you can keep going and you can always find a way to do what you love. You may need to adjust how you do it, but there is always a way. Never give up and don’t let your mind set limitations on yourself or your dreams.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Julia Gibb
How can you contact me? You can message me on my Facebook, Art by Dani Campbell or email me at McFly2481@gmail.com.
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