Dani Knoph takes you back to nature, and creates art that brings your passion for the outdoors in. DK art envisions interiors that are designed to celebrate environmental values as well as local species, and encourage cultural heritage.
Dani Knoph was born in 1986 in Detroit, Michigan. She was raised by her parents Gregg and Susan Davis in Commerce Township, Michigan. Growing up she spent summers in Gaylord and Kalkaska where she developed a passion for observing wildlife and being in nature.
From a young age Dani was influenced by the artistry and craftsmanship of her grandmother, Joan, and grandfather, Bill, who flourished during the heyday of Detroit's automotive boom, and retired to open a fine art gallery in South Carolina. There they represented artists and craftsmen whose work centered on wildlife and nature.
From 2004 to 2009, she studied art and design at the Penny Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan and the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
From 2009 to 2012, Dani lived in Seattle, Washington where she worked for the Gage Academy of Art. During these years, salmon and trout species became the primary subject matter of her artwork. She researched artists and thinkers of the natural history era. Her first collection was shown and sold at Urban Hardwoods in Seattle. She relocated to Northern Michigan in 2012, where she worked on a farm and soon after met her husband Gerard.
In 2013, Dani completed a printmaking apprenticeship at Deep Wood Press on the outskirts of Bellaire, Michigan. This is where she first learned about the work and life of artist Gwen Frostic whose legacy continues to influence her.
In 2016, Dani co-curated the art exhibition Wildhearted at the Crooked Tree Arts Center with friend, collaborator, and photographer Courtney Michalik Kent of The Compass Points Here.
She currently lives and works in Northern Michigan.