Raising the water level…

Compositionally, I’m thinking that when I start up on this tomorrow, I should first consider raising the level of the water.  I thought about it quite a lot today, just standing there, brush in teeth…


work in progress, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches


These pieces were chosen for publication in the 2016 edition of Clamor, the annual arts and literary journal for University of Washington, Bothell. In conjunction with the Undergraduate Research Fair at UWB, Clamor is hosting an Art Exhibit on May 13th that will include these works!

Doran_Dana_Melancholy Crow

Melancholy Crow, 2015, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches.

Doran_Dana_Quantum Physics

Quantum Physics, 2015, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches.

For those that like to read, I was required to submit a brief abstract:

Dana graduated (magna cum laude) from UW Bothell in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Art.  While her artistic endeavors vary between mediums and substrates her focus is primarily in two dimensional pieces of oil on canvas. Impressed by her studies in preserving habitat and climate change, Dana often incorporates these issues into her work by using a blackbird either representing himself, nature as a whole, or an anthropomorphic rendition in substitution for man’s dilemma and his place in nature.  Her work asks the viewer, through the use of visual clues, to consider its message, if only for just a moment, as art is not only documentation of the culture in which we live; it identifies and defines who we are as a society.

Melancholy Crow, 2015, places the blackbird in a pose that would not be found in nature and was intentioned  to draw reference to such classics as Manet’s Olympia.  While the message, man’s encroachment on habitat is strictly subliminal, the classic pose is meant to direct the viewer’s attention to nature and man’s interaction with it.

Quantum Physics, 2015 is the artist’s vision of a headline that read, “Scientists show future events decide what happens in the past.”  Based on the act of observation, the article explained that Australian scientists had used protons in a double slot experiment that proved the statement.  This piece represents the artist’s interpretation of the observation.

So there was this juried opportunity…

and once again…I’m having a moment of doubt.  I’m never sure of my selections, so I just went with the last five things I completed.


Accidental symbolism…

Not entirely accidental, a detail that might be lost on the viewer of the entire piece


detail from a work in progress, oil on canvas, about 15 x 20 inches

…Barbie’s well placed hand seems to have something to say about decency, perhaps in public (?) while simultaneously pointing to a snake.  haha

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It’s almost five o’clock on Saturday afternoon and I’m tired.  Motivated, but, aaah, tired…and well, I’ve swiped my hand through wet paint too many times today.  Still a work in progress.


work in progress, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

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