Dani Knoph was born in 1986 in Detroit, 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. They 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.
In 2012, she put down roots in Northern Michigan where she pursued a printmaking apprenticeship, worked on a farm, and soon after met her husband Gerard. She went on to coordinate marketing for Traverse Magazine & MyNorth Media, and she worked on environmental campaigns for the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities.
In 2016, Dani and Courtney Kent curated the art exhibition Wildhearted at the Crooked Tree Arts Center.
Currently she writes and paints from her studio in Elk Rapids, Michigan.