As a mature artist, I am fascinated with representing what is familiar to me, whether a plant, a landscape or a concept. I am most attracted to light, colour, and rhythm. I am intrigued with performance, particularly musical composition, and how the process of narrative through time differs from the static expression of two-dimensional work. I have a deep interest in nature and am concerned with man's impact on the environment. My art is an extension of my life interests.
Dana is a lifelong artist and gardener living in Vancouver, British Columbia.
2010-2015: He has studied botanical illustration at UBC Botanical Garden with Alison Watt, at Emily Carr University with Elizabeth Mancini, and privately with Elizabeth Mancini and Mary Comber Miles.
2001-present: He became a Friend of the UBC Botanical Garden where he was head of the FOGs' guides and is chair of the annual Treasured Bulb Sale. Dana coordinated the acquisition and catalog description of the plants for the UBCBG Collectors' Plant Auctions from 2004 - 2011.
1999-2001: Dana wrote and photographed 'In My Garden' for Vancouver Lifestyle Magazine and has contributed to the Annual of the Rhododendron Species Foundation and the Bulletin of the Alpine Garden Club of BC.
1970 - 1976: Dana studied Visual Art at Capilano College with Frank Molnar and Stephen Leskard, Institute Allende de San Miguel with Zois Shuttie, and Vancouver School of Art with Ron Stonier. He then worked in clothing manufacturing as a production manager and as a planning manager.
1952 - present: The son of a green thumb and ardent volunteer, Dana has a renowned garden full of unusual plants. Dana has a deep engagement with the local garden community, and his garden has been toured multiple times by the Alpine Garden Club of BC, the Vancouver Rhododendron Society and the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group. He is an active longtime member of these groups.
He has travelled widely to visit plants in situ.
He lives in East Vancouver with his husband, Greg Brown.
He regularly gives garden related talks to various local clubs.
2019 - 'Art Vancouver International Art Fair' - Represented by The Pendulum Gallery
2018 - 'Eastside Culture Crawl'
2018 - 'Spaces, Places and Traces: Eastside Culture Crawl Juried Show' - "Snow Day"
2018 - 'Quilt Canada - National Juried Show' - "Transfer of Resources - North Shore, Vancouver"
2018 - present - 'First Saturdays' Open Studio
2015 - 'Arts at Darts' - invitational art fair at Darts Hill Garden in Surrey, BC.
2014 - 'Growing in Sight' - five pieces in a curated exhibit at Emily Carr University.
2014 - 'remnants - a visual survey of human progress' - a three month solo exhibit at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC featuring five large-scale collages made with 1,500 letterpress prints of twenty-six original drawings.
2012 - 2014 - 'Artist in Residence' - University of British Columbia Botanical Garden.
2011 - 2017 - annual home sale.