My name is Daniela Ayala, I am of Salvadoran heritage, and I am based in Hyattsville, MD. I began making art at a very young age and have identified as a creative ever since. The bright hues of Salvadoran art have been a great influence and inspiration in my own work. For a long time, I have been fascinated by symbolism, abstraction, and color in art, and I have been working on combining these elements to create unique pieces.
Art surrounds us is all and reaches everyone in different ways, it lives inside of me and is constantly trying to escape. I am focusing on letting it flow out and materialize and see where that takes me. I find inspiration in the works of Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Yayoi Kusama, Paul Cezanne, and Wassily Kandinsky.
In 2020, while stuck at home I had one of the most creative years of my life, I explored digital mediums, gouache, and ink among others, and began designing stickers and creating work to put on totes. That is how the idea for a small business, Canela.Ro started, and I am working on soon opening an Etsy shop.
In 2021 I applied to the Joann Minority grant program, and I was picked as one of twenty recipients. I was so excited to be chosen for this grant and am focusing on becoming a better artist to one day pursue a career in art.