Dana was born in Prague where she finished her Masters Degree in Architecture. In 1969 Dana & her husband Paul emigrated to Canada, settling in Toronto, where they worked in various architectural firms. When their third child was born in 1978, Dana decided to discontinue her career in architecture and began pursuing a longtime hobby in the textile arts.
She took some textile courses at the Ontario College of Art and specifically experimented with painting on silk. At this time she started her textile art business “ARTACIOUS” which would gradually grow into a company with seven employees supplying “art to wear” painted silk fashion to a loyal following of 300 retail stores and galleries across Canada and the United States. Demand for Dana’s painted silk scarves eventually stretched as far as England, Mexico and Japan.
In 1997 a longtime love of the mountains caused Dana and Paul move to Canmore Alberta…and after 20 years “Artacious” returned back to a home studio format just as it had begun. Dana now spends her days hiking & skiing, and of course this influence shows up in her work.
Now Dana paints mostly in acrylics and mixed media, using her painted silks as collage elements. She exhibits her pieces with CAAG, Elevation Gallery, Odin Gallery, the Alberta Society of Artists, the Alberta Craft Council and the Federation of Canadian Artists. In the past 8 years Dana won prizes for her art locally, nationally and internationally.
In 2011, Dana was a recipient of the Mayor’s Award for the Arts at Canmore’s Spotlight. Below is a brief video about Dana that was made for the awards.
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