About Dana

After 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 – mainly shelter/rescue animals that inspire me and commissioned pet portraits – and I donate 10% of my sales to local animal charities/rescue groups.


In my free time, I continue to volunteer at our local animal shelter as a dog walker, and at Sanctuary One, a care farm in Jacksonville, OR. I am a member of HeARTs Speak, the Canine Art Guild, and the Ashland Gallery Association.  I’m also the proud mother to four former shelter dogs – a Pit Bull,  Smooth-Coated Border Collie, Shih Tzu and Brussels Griffon, and my newest additions, two sweet bunnies from the shelter.  Riley, my Pit Bull, and I are seen here in the photograph to the side.

 

 My studio – on a clean day!

 

Awards/Recognition/Publications:

 

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