Hawaiian Artist Who Paints With Makeup Breaks Traditional Art Rules


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — Danielle Rush has a unique way of making her artwork stand out: she paints with cosmetics.

“It’s really amazing what makeup can do,” she said.

For 20 years, Rush lived the dream as a Hollywood makeup artist for movie and TV shows.

“I’ve worked on a lot of dance competition type shows, big, shiny, fun, crazy makeups,” she said.

Her career gave way to motherhood and a move to Hawaii that downgraded her lifestyle. It quickly opened his eyes to something new.

She says one night she dreamed of painting with makeup. This thought led her to create her signature style now known as “illuminated art”.

“I print a photo on canvas. I then apply makeup and mix it with acrylic paint. Then I paint in the highlights and shadows to give texture, movement and a three-dimensional feel to each photo,” she said.

The original style is unlike any other conventional artist. Rush uses makeup to accentuate lights and darks so it looks like clouds and water are jumping off the page.

“I’ve never really taken a fine art class or anything like that. I don’t know painting very well, but I know makeup very well,” she said.

She likes to surprise people who see her work for the very first time.

“When you see illuminated art in person, it stands out a lot more than when you see it in a photo or in a video,” she said.

You can view Rush’s art in person at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To see her makeup masterpieces, click here.

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