Biography of Danielle Nelisse: a Maui Artist, Private Investigator, and one of America’s Immigration Attorneys.

She knows from experience that when sensitive people feel they are not free to express their emotions, it compromises their emotional and physical health. By creating abstract paintings she reflects her art patron’s emotions back to them to celebrate their individuality.

Nelisse resides in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii, but was raised in Detroit, Michigan. Known for her adventurous spirit both in life and on the canvas, she takes risks with her art, often experimenting with vivid colors.

Danielle has had fordanielle nelisse artist biographymal training in art, law, criminal investigation, and urban planning.  As an immigration attorney she has had years of direct experience with the impact of policy changes on her national and international clientele, and uses her art to depict imagery associated with global issues. As an accomplished private investigator, Danielle has developed a unique perspective on human action and interaction.

After studying law and art in Florence, Italy, Vienna, Austria, and Strasbourg, France, Nelisse studied oil painting and composition with internationally renown fine artist Herb Dubin, a fine artist currently working in Israel.

More recently she has been a mentee of American Master artist Hyacinthe Kuller Baron.

Growing up in the sixties in the gritty City of Detroit influenced Danielle’s social values and she has a deep commitment to human rights issues like equality and fairness. She is also devoted to removing the stigma of mental illness and addressing climate change, and donates part of her art sales to psycho-social clubhouses that provide a safe haven for mentally ill adults, as well as to climate change organizations.

“Why do you create artwork in the form of abstraction?”

“Just like cooking a simple yet decadent dish, or playing a lovely acoustic rendition of a song in its simplest form, I create artwork in the form of abstraction because it condenses everything down to the basics: color, shape, line, texture, and most importantly, soul.”  Danielle Nelisse, 2018



2017              MOMA NYC | Postwar Abstract Painting
2016              Atelier Apprenticeship with American Master Artist Hyacinthe Kuller Baron, San Diego, California
2011              Museum Study of Art Masters in Amsterdam, Rotterdam & Kroller Muller Museums, The Netherlands
2011              Museum Study of Art Masters in Paris, France
2006              Museum Study of Art Masters in Rome, Italy
2000-04         Oil painting, Color Theory & Composition –  Fine Artist Herb Dubin, now residing in Israel
1999              Museum Study of Art Masters in Barcelona, Spain
1998-99         Boston University, Art Coursework, Boston, MA
1998              Museum Study of Art Masters in Paris, France
1996              Museum Study of Art Masters, Florence, Italy (private study with Antonio Natali, Director of Uffizi Gallery)
1996              Museum Study of Art Masters, Vienna, Austria
1996              Museum Study of Art Masters, Strasbourg, France
1996              Juris Doctor (JD, International Law), California Western School of Law, specializing in Immigration Law
1982              Bachelor of Arts (BA), San Diego State University
1972 – 82      Portrait Drawing Life Classes – Fine Artist Gifford Nicholaides, San Diego, California



  • Artist
  • Immigration Attorney
  • Private Investigator

Discover Danielle Nelisse’s art portfolio here.