My name is Dané and I am a South African artist currently based in Dubai. I am in love with traveling and exploring, which is why I decided on Jet Headed Gypsy as my pseudonym! Well, it is because of my love for traveling and also because my hair is black. So JET (headed gypsy) … Get it? I also love puns and I thought this name in particular was pretty… punny!
Ever since I was little, I have been obsessed with drawing and I pretty much always knew that I wanted to be an artist when I grow up. But life always has some unexpected turns for us and I did not start off as a full time artist! I worked at art galleries, as an art teacher and even as a florist at some point. I am grateful for all these experiences because I have learnt so much in each and every job.
In mid 2019 I decided to take the leap and follow my dream in being a full time artist! There have been moments of self doubt and me screaming in my head “I DO NOT KNOW WHAT I’M DOING!!” and I must admit that it is a very steep learning curve. But I enjoy every second of it! And I share everything I learn along the way on my You Tube channel with you guys, in order to hopefully help you on your own artist journey.
I am currently focusing on a painting series called Otherworld. I got inspired by images I see on social media. I don’t know about you, but when I look at many of these pictures, it feels like they are from a different world! One which I have never seen before. I often get the same feeling of “the otherworld” when I listen to some lyrics in music as well. I feel that we can often get lost in chasing this otherworld, which is so unattainable, because it does not exist! In my work I aim to remind you that it is, in fact, only an otherworld, and that it is not part of our reality. Not even to the insta model who’s picture it is in the first place! No one arches their back like that when drinking their morning cup of coffee, honey! Well, at least I don’t. I’m more of a stumble out of bed with a bird’s nest for hair and regretting I didn’t do the dishes the night before while making my morning coffee kinda gal. But I digress…
Through my paintings I amplify this otherworld and my goal is to remind you to celebrate the beauty found in these images, but also to let go a bit on this idea of perfection and to embrace life fully as it is: a beautiful mess!
Here and there I also create some other paintings based on my personal life whenever I feel inspired to do so. Throughout my artist journey, I also create you tube videos on what I’ve learnt in order to help you out a bit if you are on the same path as I am. I also post painting time lapses, so even if you’re not an artist, there will be some videos on there which you might enjoy.
Thanks so much for taking the time to get to know me a little bit!
Jet Headed Gypsy