Daniela has a background in software engineering. She took a watercolor class several years ago and fell in love with botanical art. She is especially attracted to the blending of science and art in scientific illustration. She has contributed numerous illustrations of the Opuntia genus to the Intermountain Flora volume on Cactaceae (NYBG Press).
Daniela holds a Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2010, she participated in the exhibit “Grand Canyon’s Green Heart: The Unsung Legacy of Plants” held at the Kolb Studio in Grand Canyon National Park in 2010 and early 2011. Her work was also chosen to be exhibited in the Southwest Society of Botanical Artists’ exhibition, “Indigenous Plants of Arizona,” at Tempe Public Library, December 2011-April 2012.
She has provided illustrations for the River Pathways Program for Audubon Arizona, which focuses on helping inner city students experience nature. She is currently contributing illustrations to The University of Arizona’s project “Legumes of Arizona.” A member of the Southwest Society of Botanical Artists, Daniela is a juried member of the Arizona Art Alliance.
She also enjoys quilting, photography, hiking, and everything related to nature. She volunteers at the Desert Botanical Garden.