Painting directly from life allows Dani to translate three dimensions into two and capture the essence or life force of the subject. Individual fruits damage easily, so as they slowly age, she tracks their gradual decay in the painting as she works. Fruit has been used metaphorically in art and language for centuries. It has helped illustrate fairy tales, mythology, the Bible and Shakespeare. An apple in Renaissance painting was symbolic of a 'fallen woman' and we still use fruit analogies to describe ourselves and our lives today. Dani paints in oils, predominantly Old Holland Classic Oil colour, using transparent glazes over opaque colour which creates intense levels of luminosity and depth.