Featured Artist Kathy Dana

Artist Kathy Dana uses bold, energetic color and thoughtful composition in her contemporary landscape paintings. Visit her website to see more of her portfolio.


landscape painting by Kathy Dana

“Blue” acrylic on wood panel, 8″ x 8″


Whatever it was that inspired Aristotle to say, “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance,” is very inspirational to me, too.


landscape painting by Kathy Dana

“Baskers” acrylic on wood panel, 8″ x 8″


Although my work is representational, my aim is to reveal the energy within through composition and color.


landscape painting by Kathy Dana

“Habitat” acrylic on wood panel, 8″ x 8″


I am energized first by my own connection to the subject matter—an intense bonding during the painting process—to the point of obsession really. I am further energized when I can stand back and observe others forming the same connection with the finished work and responding in their own way.


landscape painting by Kathy Dana

“Amazing Grace” acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 12″


When I’m preparing a body of work for a show—typically around twenty works—anywhere in my studio or home is fair game for easel and canvas. I may have as many as seven paintings going at once.


contemporary painting by Kathy Dana

“Breezin'” acrylic on wood panel, 8″ x 8″


My color upon color process involves a different mindset at each stage. Broad, sweeping blocks of underlay to get the composition working and rich colors going on next that become the life behind the final layers of color. For instance, reds and crimsons that lead to a vibrant sky.


architectural painting by Kathy Dana

“Passin’ Through” acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 36″


There’s a rhythm to the stages I go through. One of those stages involves sitting back with a glass of wine in the evening, or coffee early in the morning and looking, looking, looking. What works? What doesn’t? Why? I’ve completely reworked pieces I thought were almost ready for signature by taking a fresh eye this way.


landscape painting by Kathy Dana

“Desert Wildlife” acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 12″


I deeply respect and absolutely love the importance of negative space. I believe the essence of a great painting is as much about what happens between objects as the objects themselves—the proximity and marvelous tension between curves and bends; the shape, proportion and color of spaces between things.


landscape painting by Kathy Dana

“Steel Away” acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″


My early training was in oils. When I returned to painting, the drying time of acrylics was helpful as I had not yet left my art direction career to become a full-time painter. I’ve been told many times that my work can be mistaken for oil. This is one reason I continue to perfect the process I use with acrylics.


landscape painting by Kathy Dana

“Imagine” acrylic on wood panel, 8″ x 8″


I am grateful to my fellow artists as we continue to inspire and support one another through the agony and the ecstasy of creating meaningful work.


landscape painting by Kathy Dana

“Truckin'” acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″


To me, the greatest reward as a painter is when something I’ve created sparks a moment of joy in someone’s life. Including my own.


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  1. Kathy,
    I enjoy looking at your landscapes and your thoughts as you look at them. “Amazing Grace” gives one strong thoughts about our ties with god. “Steel Away” has great vibrations of colors.

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