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Daniela Schnebly
Mixed Media

I transform and assemble distinctive materials into my colorful Mixed Media pieces.

The uncommon items used in my work are incredible because each bump or scratch tells a story revealing its uniquely complicated character.  All that "character” took time to master

and to develop into my perspective, designs and process.  Today, when I'm excited by a subject, I visualize the finished piece to determine if it can become a final work.  After this point, the magic begins; I cut, sand, rip, drill, glue, bend and paint with exacting detail before, arranging the fragments of metal into a familiar or an abstract image.  I feel that working with novel materials is empowering, it’s given me a creative playing field, on which, I can represent subjects in a fresh and unexpected way.  I really enjoy knowing I get to stir-up scrap into something beautiful that I believe the world would want to see.


My usages of familiar subjects range from flora and fauna to cultural objects in intense colors and vibrant patterns are present throughout my body of work.  


While in Graduate school, I founded a design studio in Santa Monica, California that manufactured home decor and accessories for global retailers: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, TJX Companies (and myriad West Coast boutiques), earning their domestic supplier role and special project’s role.  I have expertise with many materials and manufacturing techniques.  My formal Classical Arts education is from the University of Southern California at the Roski School of Art and Design, and from Arizona State University School of Art at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. 


I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  I first became interested in art when I watched my mom oil painting. My Mother was a writer and oil painter, and my grandfather was a master cabinetmaker.  


My family wrote Arizona history when the pioneers Sedona Schnebly and Theodore Carl Schnebly ventured west to establish the town of Sedona, Arizona.


“Like my ancestors, I continue to be trailblazing with my art.”

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