Artwork by Heather Pesce Ohara

Was a young female artist born in Los Angeles in 1978. Her passion for art and creativity spurred in multiple artistic forms which included, oils, watercolor, and most candidly in pencil, though her talent was not limited in any one medium. She also spent a great deal of her young life contributing to theater as a set artist which marked her most noted student achievements throughout her school years. She was visibly present because of her artistic abilities from an early age to the unforeseen time of her death at the age of twenty in Spring, 1999

Near the end of her life, she had begun to embark on several works incorporated as contributing public works throughout the New York City art scene with projects ranging from holiday display windows to gallery expeditions, and invitations to house in the underground night club venue, Twilo. She had also delivered her first work produced as the cover art for a local rock band’s first album, which was released as the bands demo later after her passing. As an artist and individual, she is most remembered for her unique and sometimes controversial expressions intended as depictions of the questionable and sometimes painful attributes of human behavior, which often reap at the core of human understanding. To her close friends she was an inspiration met by the virtues of acceptance and unconditional love, which encouraged those confined to labels and unsatisfying expectations, to be true in their fame as natural “outcasts” of her time. Fearless and willful, she and her work gave way to the remarkable passage of beauty that is somehow found in the tragic darkness of human nature. Sadly, while much of the artist’s original work has been published here, on Snapping Twig, the small collections is all we have of her creative existence. Still, having been quite influenced by her personal message, and awed be her rare, and immediate gift – her memory remains an inspiration to us, and we credit that memory to the existence of this website. Thank you for remembering the artist.

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12 thoughts on “DANIELLE TURIANO 1978-1999

  1. Beautiful art and such a meaningful tribute. I love that this site is not only a tribute to a young artist whose life was cut short, but that her art continues to be part of ongoing artistic expression through your publication of other visual and print artists. Shannon

  2. idk what made me look up Danielle tonight, but something casued me to remember her. I only got to know her in one study hall when she was a senior. She was one of the most genuine people i’ve ever met in my life. Our brief and shallow time of knowing each other still touches me today. Just a special person who, no matter how briefly, you will remember meeting for the rest of your life.

  3. I’m a twin, fraternal, and an old twin, but my sister died about 5 years ago; i was with her during two periods of illness in two years and at the time of her passing.

    1. Thank you for reaching out and sharing with us. I am so sorry for your loss… There are not really any words. We certainly do not imagine living longer than the person we came into the world with, do we? My twin and I were twenty when she was killed. Though I think everyone must decide what helps them get through such things, all I want is to give her passion the chance to survive her. Knowing what having something you love means, I am grateful for the life I continue to live as I get the chance to continue to create – while she does not have that chance anymore. I want her to be remembered. I want that her story inspire others to recognize what a gift their own passion is, because her life was a remarkable inspiration to many people. I hope that your experience is found in some peace as I am sure you brought her peace that you were there during illness.

      I do wish for you all the love, courage, and inspiration possible as you continue your life. I think it is very important to remember that you should be here, even while your twin is no longer here. It is difficult to explain to others sometimes how it can feel for the twin who goes on living, but the surviving twin often carries some guilt about that, but we cannot hold onto this. Honoring my twin has helped me understand this – creative anything (even journaling) is such a therapeutic outlet, if nothing else… All the best to you! Thank you again for visiting and for sharing / connecting with us.

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