Artist’s Statement, Biography and Resume

Competing Views_2016_oil_30 x 40 inches

Competing Views, 2016, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches. There is a lot to ponder here.

Artist’s Statement

The older I get, the more I suspect that the world around me, that wider world I hear about but only see through some sort of technological distribution—is not what I have lived. Much of the work I am currently producing is elicited from conversation and theories about the nature of consciousness (C = hf) or musings about the nature of the universe (some say it is a hologram.)

I am told I am a bit “chatty,” as my friends are compelled to set aside an hour just to say “hello.”  This is important, as I am given to paint as if I were speaking – skeptically, with a dash of humor.

[/life in the Matrix] a series

The pieces included in this series challenge the acceptance of propaganda that disposes with the truth by pointing to an imaginary reality. [/life in the Matrix] imagines that nothing is absolute – more often than not, a closer look leaves the viewer’s questions unanswered! However, the intention is clear while the narrative might not be immediately recognizable– my art encourages the viewer to take a long look. In creating these pieces the visual clues I use are often contextually abstract and subjects are placed in improbable circumstances, bordering on the surreal, but based in realism.

404_Page Not Found

Ah, the error code. In attempting to complete a link, an error occurs, the page has been removed but the link to the non-existent remains. As an extension of [/life in the Matrix], it makes sense that a logical foray into the future finds that “things” common to life today cannot be found in the future or have adapted to an unrecognizable form to survive. In that respect, I enjoy using inanimate objects to represent every-man (a gender free designation.)

A Short Biography

Dana has been exhibiting her paintings and fiber arts since 1978 in various juried venues and to her continued amazement her works have been published in academic journals annually since 2013.

Dana was born in Long Beach, California when Disneyland was just a sparkle in Walt’s eye and the coastal landscape was dotted with oil wells.  Dana was a gifted girl with dull brown hair, freckles,  orthopedic shoes and a reported IQ of 153. Her life seemed destined for a degree in the sciences, while her heart was satisfied by illustrating what she saw through a microscope or drawing and labeling the various parts of a small frog after a very smelly dissection.  She spent nights designing palaces with detailed floorplans and portraits of her cat.   By twelve, and with the guidance of her maternal grandmother, she found herself painting on everything from recovered old teapots to seascapes over recycled  prints of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.   By 21 she had dropped out of CSULB, worked as a telephone switchboard operator, typed invoices for a Japanese tractor company, driven a Mercedes limousine across the United States as a chauffeur (for a man who was selling smut and home alarms), designed dresses for the unpredictable Rafael Penedo’s Bip Bop boutique  in Beverly Hills (where the stars shopped),  been arrested twice for smoking pot, met David Bowie on the stairway to the VIP room at the Rainbow Bar & Grill, escaped death by association and had been disowned and disinherited at least once.  She also met and married her favorite man on this earth.

Dana followed her artistic passions in fashion design and art-to-wear snakeskin handbags throughout the 80’s until she decided that the art part of business selling to Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus had to be given a back seat to the sales and administration when she folded the business that she chides, “gave me my 15 minutes of fame and paid me $5 an hour!”   The 80’s also brought about a decade of experimentation in paper making, where her sculptural work was noted by silver medal in an exhibition juried by SFMOMA’s John Caldwell, and other nationwide exhibits.

Dana has been known to work in micro-mosaics, fibers, mixed-mediums, acrylics and oils applied on any substrate and to create small curiosity boxes as well as traditional canvas.  Community based projects have relied on her talents for stage and costume design, t shirt designs and construction and design of a maze to raise money for public schools.

But, actually, it wasn’t until she reached the age of 60 and completed her degree in interdisciplinary art did her thoughtful views and often humorous perspective of the human condition begin to reveal itself in her work as paintings where inanimate objects become surrogates for man’s dilemmas.  Dana has recently completed a series which challenges shared reality aptly named “ [/life in the Matrix]”  and is moving forward with a series dubbed “404: Page Not Found”  which explores truth and propaganda through a surrealistic view.   Married for 42 years with four grandchildren, she has a studio in her Lynnwood, Washington, surrounded by inspiration.


 2014  Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Art, Magna Cum Laude, 2014, University of Washington at Bothell, Bothell, Washington

2012   Associate of Arts, Cascadia Community College, Bothell, Washington

1990   College of San Mateo, San Mateo, California

1972   California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, California

1970   Golden West Junior College, Huntington Beach, California


                                    ACADEMIC HONORS


2014    Certificate of High Scholarship, University of Washington at Bothell

Quarterly Dean’s List, University of Washington at Bothell, Winter 2014

2013    Quarterly Dean’s List, University of Washington at Bothell, Fall, Summer, Spring and Winter 2013

2012    Quarterly Dean’s List, University of Washington at Bothell, Fall 2012

Faculty Honors, Cascadia Community College, Summer, Spring, Winter 2012




2017   [/life in the Matrix]: Anarchy, 2016, (oil on canvas, 30” x 30”), [/life in the Matrix]: Acceptance, 2016 (oil on canvas, 30” x 40”) and [/life in the Matrix]: Invasion, 2016 (oil on canvas, 30” x 30”) Clamor Literary and Arts Journal Exhibition, University of Washington Bothell, May 2017.

2016   The Melancholy Crow, 2015, (oil on canvas, 30” x 40”), Quantum Physics, 2015, (oil on canvas, 18” x 24”)   Continuing Exhibit, Student Success.  University of Washington Bothell, Jan. 2017 – Nov.2017.

2015    High Five: They Might Be Giants, 2014, (oil on canvas, 24” x 30”), The Last Dance, 2015,(oil on canvas, 36”’ x 36”) and Surrender: Peace and Deception, 2014, (oil on canvas, 36” x 36”)2015 Bellingham National Salon des Refusés at the Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington, May/Sept 2015.  (Juror: Scott Lawrimore, Director of Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington Seattle)

2015   Up Against the Wall: Bye Bye Blackbird, 2014 (24” x 30”, acrylic on canvas).  Juried Exhibit.  VALA Springtime, Redmond, Washington, March/April 2015.

2014   Mystery Solved, 2014, (oil on canvas)  CoCA September 2014.

2013    Fall, 2012 (oil on Masonite panel,  13” x 17”), La Femme Enfant, 2013 (acrylic on canvas, 16” x 20”), and  Jasmine, 2013 (oil on canvas, 16” x 20”) Juried Exhibit.  Mobius Gallery, University of Washington Bothell Campus,  May 2013 and later exhibited at Shift Gallery, Pioneer Square, Seattle,  Washington, June/July 2013

2013    Gringolandia, 2013 (oil on canvas, 16” x 20”) selected as Program Cover Art and exhibited for 2nd Annual UWB Undergraduate Research Symposium.  Work created as documentation for artist’s research, Surrealism in Mexico: The Art of Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington.

1991    Louvered View, 1991 (cotton paper, 28” x 40”)  Silver Medal, Fine Arts Juried Exhibit, San Mateo County Fair, San Mateo, California, July/August 1991 (Juror: John Caldwell, SFMoMA)

1987    Triptych, 1987,  (3 panels, cotton paper, each 28” x 40”) Juried Exhibit, Paper/Fiber X, Iowa City, Iowa Fiber Arts Iowa 1987 (Juror: Nance O’Banion)

1979    Berringer Rhine House, 1978  (oil on canvas, 18” x 24”)  Gallery Exhibit, Carmel, California 1978/79

1978    Rickshaw, 1978  (oil on canvas 18” x 24”)  Juried Exhibit, San Francisco Fine Art Festival 1978




2017    [/life in the Matrix]: Anarchy, 2016, (oil on canvas, 30” x 30”), [/life in the Matrix]: Acceptance, 2016 (oil on canvas, 30” x 40”) and [/life in the Matrix]: Invasion, 2016 (oil on canvas, 30” x 30”) Clamor Literary and Arts Journal (Bothell: University of Washington, 2017), 137.

2016    The Melancholy Crow, 2015, (oil on canvas, 30” x 40”), Quantum Physics, 2015, (oil on canvas, 18” x 24”)  Clamor Literary and Arts Journal (Bothell: University of Washington, 2016), 114.

2015    Patience is a Virtue, 2014, (oil on canvas 24” x 30”), Pieta: The Last Supper, 2014, (oil on  canvas, 36” x 36”) and Summer in Gaza, 2014, (oil on canvas 24” x 30”) Clamor Literary and Arts Journal (Bothell: University of Washington, 2015), 125.

2014    Control Issues, 2013, (acrylic and acrylic transfers on canvas, 16” x 20”)

Up Against the Wall: Bye Bye Blackbird, 2013 (acrylic on canvas, 24” x 30”)

Clamor Literary and Arts Journal (Bothell: University of Washington, 2014), 125.

2013    Fall, 2012, (oil on Masonite panel,   13” x 17” )

La Femme Enfant, 2013 (acrylic on canvas, 16” x 20”)

Jasmine, 2013 (oil on canvas 16” x 20”)

Clamor Literary and Arts Journal (Bothell: University of Washington, 2013), 120.




2015 to 2017               Member, Evergreen Association of Fine Art, Bellevue, Washington


2014 to 2016               Member, Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), Seattle Design Center, Seattle, Washington




Dana Doran                           

20610 Meridian Avenue S

Lynnwood WA 98036





8 thoughts on “Artist’s Statement, Biography and Resume

  1. Love your political art, I write mine in muse or poems, but maybe your work can provide the enlightenment for me to proceed with my other art in the same vane? Geeze it nice to know I am not alone in my demented or is it enlightened thoughts.

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    • Thanks for your comment and visiting my page….hummmm….thoughts…demented or enlightened? It is a little of both—-for me its a genuine pushback from (well, of course) the political machine and feeling obliged to add a wink and a smile….if you’re talking about the Bill and Hillary piece, this was created as an experiment (mine) in a class titled “art of the joke.” People under the age of 30 didn’t get it and likely never will because it seems everyone has forgotten Bill was impeached for lying under oath about cheating on his wife…..blah blah blah…perception of credibility and trustworthiness. I’m torn between little projects in mixed media and painting….so maybe I may never have a “cohesive” portfolio…oh well, “what difference does it make?” I’m going to your blog now to see what you’re up to!

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  2. Thank you for taking the time to visit Much appreciated.

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