Enjoy the vibrant, color-saturated portfolio of painter Dana Newman. Visit his website to see more from this talented artist.
I have been painting since the age of two. I studied art in High School with my major in Commercial Art, and simultaneously at The Art Instruction School of Minnesota. Upon graduating high school, I studied for three years at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
I left to work as a freelance artist with some of my work being displayed at Wyler’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune, and private collections in the city.
I was selected into the Artist Guild of Chicago when I was nineteen, as the youngest member to be selected into the guild at the time. I am constantly looking to improve my artistic skills, trying to balance realism with hyper-realism to keep the artistic look and feel to a piece of work along with the details of realism.
I use various mediums for different subjects. I am well versed in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pencil. I also teach watercolor painting at a small studio called The Art Studio in Westminster, California.
When I paint with oils, I typically use a fat over lean approach with many glazes and layers to give the colors a deep saturation and lustrous look. My approach to watercolor and acrylics are similar to that of my oil painting with the exception of the watercolors use several washes to achieve the depth of color and detail that I love to capture in my paintings.
I love painting the human figure and that of animals; these are by far the biggest part of my painting interest, although I do paint for time to time landscapes and still-lifes. My inspiration comes from all of creation, from humans and animals to rocks and flowers. I try to capture the complexities and nuances of all these different subjects.
I am currently working on a number of portraits in oils, some in pencil with watercolor. The largest thus far is the equestrian rider, which is 30″ x 40″ oil. I am also working on smaller portraits in pencil with watercolor along with paintings of a mountain lion, hummingbird, and Arabian horse.
I usually work on 5-9 paintings simultaneously so that each one stays fresh as I make my rotations through the various paintings as one dries or needs to be set aside for re-evaluation.
I always aim to get far better in my completed works… looking for the “ohhh- ahhhh” reaction form people who look at the work I produce, so I have lots of work to do!