Art On The Move
What do Jack Sparrow, Bob Dylan and Winnie the Pooh have in common? Well, they are only a few of the amazing paintings of Daniela Hinojos. Her paintings are one of a kind and very moving-literally. These paintings are not found in galleries, but on the feet of many Xavier girls. Daniela’s canvas is a pair of white Vans that she turns into truly unique pieces of art.
Daniela is going to be a senior at Xavier and her skill has not gone unnoticed. She would be that stereotypical “artsy” girl that we all see in those clichéd high school movies. Daniela loves art and she has had an interest in it since sixth grade. “I started painting when I came to Xavier. The art classes there really got me to work on my skill, and improve myself as an artist.”
Her talent was unveiled when her friend Madison “asked if I would draw something on her shoes in Sharpie. I said, ‘Sure why not? Sounds like fun!’ Suddenly people were asking me left and right, and I just continued doing it in acrylic paint.” Her first pair she made in acrylic paint had a flower design on them and the background color faded from blue to pink. When you put a pair of Daniela originals side by side they make one big picture. This writer has a pair with Captain Jack Sparrow on them and when viewed together it looks like Jack is standing beside the ocean.
Painting on Vans is not what Daniela had initially intended to be known for around school and it has been bittersweet. “I'm trying to stop doing it for girls at school, because it's just too much work, and it's hard to balance that plus homework.” At any given time Daniela can have up to 13 pairs of shoes that she is working on. It is a labor of love, but for a high school senior it brings about additional stress. Being the savvy 17 year old that she is, Daniela has turned her passion into a small business, charging $50 a pair and making it worth her while.
Daniela would love to continue painting, “I'm not sure about painting on shoes, but I want to be an artist.” Daniela adds that “There's nothing more I'd love to do then to paint for the rest of my life. It's who I am. It's wonderful.”
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