This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is a painter of trees, a painter of color, a painter whimsical musings. Her work can brighten any room and will brighten your heart too!
Who and where are you?
I’m Dana Marie and I just recently moved to Salem, Oregon with my husband of 18 years and our wonderful twelve year old son to open an art gallery. The gallery will be called “The Timeless Talisman” and should be open to the public by the end of October!
As I paint I want to bring about positive emotions. The best feedbacks I’ve received aren’t the ones that say how beautiful the piece is, but the ones who tell me how my paintings make them feel. As I choose art for the gallery, this too is my aim. There is so many beautiful paintings out there, but if it doesn’t evoke emotion, even the darker ones, it simply leaves me cold.
Here are two of the most recent messages I received that brightened my day and validated what I do:
“You bring beautiful light in with your art and we could use as much light as we can get on this Planet!”
“I just discovered your artwork and I love it because it gives me a feeling of calm, hope and happiness.”
I think it had to have been when I began seeing the blog icon at EBSQ and I became interested in how artists were using the blog format. After viewing a few I knew I would like to create one for my art. I still don’t get very personal on my blog as I wanted it to be a sharing of my art. I used to love to write and I hope that passion comes through in my blog in the future.
Later I started an art challenge blog, “Inspiration All Around Us” (www.inspirationallaroundus.blogspot.com) in which allows other artists to come together and challenge themselves as a group by offering their artistic interruptions of the photos I post. We now have 64 artists counting myself. Though I haven’t had as much time as I would like to participate as of late, there are always beautiful entries by some very talented artists!
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
Keep your work updated, you might be surprised who is watching your blog.As a gallery owners my husband and I have found several Artists that we were interested in representing through their blogs. Not only does it show their talent and what they are currently creating, but often gives a glimpse of who the artist is, which I find very appealing.
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?
Oh, I absolutely love music and I have a wide range of musical styles that I enjoy listening to. Though I do love to listen to music, it doesn’t really matter if I’m outside listening to the birds singing or inside with the tv on or in my studio with music playing, I’m always just delighted to be creating!
What’s coming next from your easel?
I usually have anywhere from 3 to 10 pieces I’m working on at a time! I’m primarily focused on nature inspired pieces that are whimsical and evoke the human spirit as well.
Thank you, Amanda!
Have a beautiful day!
~ Dana Marie