About Dana

StudioDana2015CroppedAfter departing a 20-year corporate career that left little free time, I decided to spend more time on the things that meant something to me – creating art and working with animals. I started volunteering at our local animal shelter (acquiring a few more dogs in the process) and I got serious about oil painting! I wasn’t inspired painting people or landscapes, so I started to focus on animals – and I haven’t looked back. Animals do the funniest things and are so expressive. Now I am completely focused on animal art. Ten percent of my gross sales, as well as some artwork, is donated to animal charities/rescue groups to help with fundraising. Visit the tab “Giving Back” for information on donations made last year. 


I am a member of HeARTS Speak, an international group of artists whose mission is to give animals a unified voice through art, the Ashland Gallery Association, Art & Soul Gallery, and Rogue Women (a local artist group), and a Board Member for Sanctuary One, a local non-profit care farm. I am also the proud mother of four former shelter dogs and two rescued bunnies, which takes up a large chunk of my non-painting time.

 My studio – on a clean day!

 

Awards/Recognition/Publications:

 

2015

Contributing Artist – Paws for Charity Magazine, “Out of the Rat Race”, March

 

2014

Contributing Artist – “1000 Dog Portraits, From the People Who Love Them”, curated by Robynne Rayne

Southern Oregon Living, Spring Issue – April

Contributing Artist  – Paws for Charity 2014 Art Book

 

2013

Contributing Artist – The Caterpillar Magazine, Premier Issue 

Contributing Arist – Paws for Charity 2013 Art Book 

Ashland Daily Tidings, Front Page “The Horses of Equamore” http://www.dailytidings.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20130228%2FNEWS02%2F302280304#

 

2012

Second Place Oils/Acrylics –  Irving Arts National Wildlife Art Competition

Two Meritorious Entries – Richeson Animals, Wildlife and Bird Art Competition

Special Recognition Artist – Light Space Time International Animal Art Competition and Show

Contributing Artist – “Cat Sayings: Wit and Wisdom from the Whiskered Ones”, Bradford G. Wheler

Contributing Artist – Mural Painter for Extreme Home Makeover,  Jackson County Edition

Contributung Artist – Ongoing Print Advertising for  Sanctuary One 

 

2011

Gamblin Award for Excellence in Oils –  Irving Arts Association National Fine Art Pet Portrait Competition and Show

Meritorious Entry – Richeson Animals, Wildlife and Bird Art Competition

Two Honorable Mention Entries – Richeson Small Works Competition

Top 3 Finalist – Dog Art Today/Mutt Lynch Winery Wine Label Competition