Born and raised in Westchester County, New York, Danise comes from an artistic family. Her great grandfather Arthur Szyk gained international acclaim as the illustrator of historically significant texts, famous for their mastery of detail and vivid use of color and was her greatest inspiration.
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|Arthur Szyk (1894 — 1951)
Szyk was born in Lodz, Poland in 1894. When he was 15, after demonstrating a remarkable talent for drawing, he went to Paris to study art. There, he studied the work of the Persian illuminators. During WWI he served in the Russian army, surviving capture by the Germans. His first exhibition was in 1924, consisting mainly of miniature-paintings.
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