In my expression as a multidisciplinary artist, I use mixed media techniques to reflect my personal experience as I combine East and West in my cultural background as a Canadian-Jordanian. I create art to live, to express, and to strive. I create impressions and this is my drive.

Art is creation, transformation and a medium of expression.

– The Story –

Dana creates paintings that represent deep emotions; telling a story of a personal journey to discover her identity as an artist, striving to construct an entire world on her canvas, relishing in the freedom to design multicolored emotional forms within her unique work of art.

I BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF SIMPLICITY, ADDICTED TO COLOR AND CRAZY ABOUT DETAILS.

MY BIO

Growing up, art was an important part of Dana’s life. Throughout her life, she collected images, experiences and emotions expressing them through her art, relying on intense colors and incorporating various forms, patterns and textures, channeling this talent through her graphic art as well as her painting. For Dana, art is creation, transformation and a medium of expression. Her work concentrates on creating abstract surfaces through her favorite medium; acrylics, but works in oil and has experimented with a variety of mixed media such as pastels, ink, wire, fabric, silk screen and many others.

 

Her paintings present deep emotions; each canvas tells a story of her personal journey to discover her identity as an artist. She takes her inspiration from day to day experiences and emotions turning them into physical expressions and visualization with constantly changing colors and shapes. Dana is captivated by the colors she can create, and strives to construct an entire world on her canvas. Her style is abstract expressionist and paints intuitively, drawing upon her emotions and imagination rather than working from photographic images. Dana paints to ‘express’, conjuring abstract images found in nature and captured through her love of photography. Her art style is also contemporary, utilizing different art methods. She is not afraid to try and mix bright colors because art should be an adventure. She is interested in a variety of elements involved in the creation and destruction of surfaces – regularity and irregularity and the relationship between minimal form and surface texture.

Artist Statement

“My paintings represent an ongoing quest to discover details around me and to reveal what cannot be expressed with words. I strive to tap into intuitive creative painting and share it painting, I take a moment to allow this creative energy to flow allowing me to “play”; experiment and allow the paint to take its different forms and to communicate something, creating an impression on the viewer – without natural imagery or symbols, but rather with pure visual form”

Selected Solo & Group Exhibitions

COMING UP Rings of Hope – A Solo Exhibition – to be announced

DECEMBER 2018

Small Gems Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association Of Canada

Toronto, Canada

AUGUST 2018

Toronto Art and Clothing Showcase The Freedom Factory

Toronto, Canada

JULY 2018

Summerfest 2018 Exhibition Artusiasm Gallery

Toronto, Canada

FEBRUARY 2018

The Dubai Jazz Festival  Artist Display

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

NOVEMBER 2017

Urban Soul Studio Seven Gallery

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

JULY 2017

The Independents Show Summer 2017 group exhibition, Pop-up Gallery

Toronto, Canada

APRIL 2017

World Art Dubai Solo Artist Booth (Y17)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

FEBRUARY – MARCH 2017

Journey into Abstraction Art Couture Gallery, InterContinental Dubai Festival City

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

JANUARY 2017

Qouz Art Fest The Jamjar

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

NOVEMBER 2016

61 Annual Group Exhibition Gallery 76

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

OCTOBER 2016

Yalla Pink Breast Cancer Research & Awareness, Al Jalila Foundation

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

May 2016

Group Exhibition Gallery 76 | Merit Award for “Perception”

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

May 2016

Complexion Solo Exhibition, Gallery 76

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

APRIL 2016

World Art Dubai Fair Group Artist Display

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

MARCH 2016

“EVA 2” on the occasion International Women’s Day, Art Plus Gallery

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

MARCH 2016

40 years of Art Art Dubai Week Exhibition, Gallery 76

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

JANUARY 2016

Art In Secret Showcase Gallery

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

NOVEMBER 2015

 Group Exhibition Gallery 76

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

NOVEMBER 2014

 Group Exhibition Gallery 76

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

NOVEMBER 2012

 Group Exhibition Gallery 76

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Representations and Affiliations

  • September 2016 Quantum Aurea Spain
  • March 2017 Gallerique USA
  • October 2017 Elected Member Women’s Art Association of Canada Ontario, Canada
  • September 2011 Member of Dubai International Art Centre (DIAC) Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Public Speaking

2017 The World Trade Club, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Topic: Art in Dubai

Publications

2019  “Empowering Women through Painting

Art Book. Amman, Jordan

Work in Display

2018 – Present  Zara Gallery Amman, Jordan
2018 Noon Hotel Dubai, United Arab Emirates
March 2018 Bourn Hall Clinic Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2017 – 2018 Fann-a-porter Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2017 – Present Art Plus Gallery Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2016 – Present Sofitel, Monday Gallery Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Art Teaching Experience

  • 2015 – Present – Private Studio Sessions
  • 2016 – Present – Creative Workshops & Courses: painting using acrylics and mixed media, thejamjar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Education 2003 – B.Sc. Visual Communications Arts (honors). University of Indianapolis, US

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Artist by Nature, Designer by Skill & Creator of Beautiful Things Driven by Curiosity & Passion

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