cori D

cori dantini offers original mixed media paintings, limited edition archival prints, handmade one of a kind ornaments, and whatever else cori's busy brain thinks of!

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
i know it sounds cliché, but i have ALWAYS known that i wanted to be an artist.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
this is such a great question... but there are SO many things.

*i love waking up in the morning to my little boy crawling into bed for a wake up, family snuggle.

*i love wearing my jammies ALL day, and doing nothing (which hardly EVER happens). THIS, i suppose, is the reason why i love it so much.

*i LOVE getting lost in a great thrift or bead store.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
i think my biggest challenge is balancing work and family.
it is so natural for me to be creating, and i sort of get lost in the studio, and i have a really hard time stopping. but in defense of my family i have a hard time leaving them to go to the studio!

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
i would LOVE any of the new work i have posted with the red linework in it! it is such a great mix of modern, and organic... and it makes me so happy.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
i have always wanted to be an artist. i know i know. but always...

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
i love love love amanda blake. she is an amazing painter, who i find to be incredibly inspirational.

and i also love love love camilla engman. she has got her finger on quirky... and i love quirk!

also calef brown. his work is so silly and fun. it always makes me feel happy.

What does your future hold?
oooh i wish i knew.

i think a move (details to be disclosed at a later date),
and hopefully more work, but more work that i want to do, not work that i feel like i "have" to do. i suppose that means that i would like to be painting more... doing less commercial work, and more creative work. (not that illustrating isn't creative)... but i dream of a time when i can go to the studio and make just what i want ALL day long, without having to make anyone but myself happy. (selfish!)