Dana is an honors graduate from Radford University with a BFA in Art. She worked for 25 years as a
Graphic Designer/Art Director winning numerous state and national awards in advertising, marketing (VPA and SNA) and printing (PIVA). Dana then became the Education Director for the Loudoun Academy of the Arts Foundation in Leesburg, VA for four years and is currently the Graphic Designer for the foundation. Dana is an award-winning painter in oils having studied with famed artist, Janet Fish, and acclaimed artists Kurt Schwarz, Danni Dawson and Maggie Siner.
She retains studio space at ArtSquare, also in Leesburg, where she exhibits her work. She also creates architectural renderings in pen & ink and drawings in Prismacolor and graphite pencil.
Dana is a member of The Art League in Alexandria, Oil Painters of America,
Loudoun Arts Council and the Loudoun Sketch Club.
I respond to loose representations of organic and inorganic every-day objects next to one another in dramatic compositions, usually larger than life. Vintage next to vegetation. Things that have relationships, maybe in ways most don’t think of, maybe with a little twist. I clearly enjoy painting shiny things…reflective, transparent and translucent. I shoot for compositions that are larger than life, tightly cropped or taken to the edge, almost to the point of uncomfortable. I strive to incorporate loose with refined brushstrokes, soft and hard edges, complementary colors in juxtaposition and true observation with exaggeration.