About Me

I was born and raised on the magnificent island of Newfoundland, located on the east coast of Canada. From an early age my father and grandfather instilled a great love and respect for nature in me. I find being surrounded by trees, birds and all of nature to be the most peaceful and fulfilling place to be. I'm often heard saying "My heart sings when I'm in the woods".

Growing up I was also known to always have a pencil of one sort or another and be drawing elaborate stories - often times, to the dismay of my parents, fabulous creations on the underside of the coffee table in the living room. However once I started university I did step away from drawing and didn't try to draw again until just a few years ago. Drawing is my first true love, but I am exploring acrylic painting, coloured pencil, pastels and may even try some oil painting as well. I have also developed a love of carving song birds - I will be posting some of my completed carvings in the near future.

Just two years ago I decided to draw a picture of my parent's beloved dog Beaumont - the magnificent Gordon Setter on my webpage header - for my dad for his birthday. I so much enjoyed drawing this picture of Beau - challenging myself to capture his intensity, personality and look into your soul stare. The joy on my parent's face when they saw the picture of "their boy Buba" as they had nicknamed him was such a great satisfaction. It was then that I realized the joy I could provide by combining my two great loves - drawing and animals! To me it is a privledge to be entrusted to draw such a cherished memory and I am honored and humbled when asked by people to complete the portrait of their loved one or cherished place.

dana

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened" – Anatole France