Frequently Asked Questions
Some fun, some boring. Never the less, they are all asked - you guessed it... frequently!
How long have you been painting for?
I have always painted and made artwork as a hobby in my life, but never really thought I would do it as my full time career. So instead, I chose to work creatively in other ways. My first career as a makeup artist spanned 10 years, and I was able to use my creativity in ways such as bodypainting, special effects makeup, and working for clients in film and print ads. My next career overlapped with makeup artistry as I moved into a new direction, interior decorating. Working from a boutique design shop in Vancouver for 5 years allowed me to learn more about my second love, interior design. It was then that I created my first body of work, the Birch Collection, and began to sell it to the public and work directly with Interior Designers. As sales and commissions started to become more and more constant, my eyes were open to the possibility of creating a career for myself doing the one thing I had loved all along - making art!
How do you choose your collaborations?
I love working on collaborations that will push my creativity in a new way or medium. I choose my collaborations based on if the fit of the brands will support my career goals and beliefs, and allow me to showcase a side of myself in a new creative way. Please get in touch if you would like to chat about a collaboration.
Do you do commissions and what is the process?
I love doing commission pieces and working directly with the client or interior designer on their vision. Pieces are priced based on size, and studio visits are encouraged to see some examples of my work in person. I can also work through photographs via email, so opportunities for commissions are unlimited. Leadtime varies from 4-8 weeks, and a 10% commission fee will be added to cover the additional design concept work and time involved.
Can you recreate a piece that has been sold?
I can recreate a piece based on one that has sold, with the result being very similar. This would be considered a commissioned painting, and there would be a 10% fee added to the cost.
Can I rent or borrow pieces for staging?
Some pieces are available to rent for a 15% fee of the retail price. Please enquire directly about rentals. Dana also allows pieces to be borrowed on trial if that is helpful to the customer in visualizing the piece in their space. Available for Vancouver clients only, pieces can be borrowed for up to 3 days.
What are your inspirations and where do you get your ideas?
I have always been a very in tune observer of trends in fashion, interior design and culture. What I have done with my artwork is really tuned into what trends speak to me personally, and I will take that and use it as the jumping off point for my artwork. I aim to always stay true to my own self with my work, while also staying current and versatile in my style. In addition to trends found through social media, artists and designers, I am also strongly influenced by my Vancouver lifestyle. Living in the westend, I have the ocean in my backyard and a beautiful setting to my life.
Do you have an assistant, and how do you manage your time?
I currently handle all of my own social media, studio work, shipping and marketing, but I could not do it without the strong network of friends and businesses that have supported me along the way. I am so grateful for the work and support of:
- Kasia Jasinowski at Toque Agency (website design and maintenance). www.toqueagency.com
- Greg Bartels at Gab Films (artist videos) www.gabfilms.com
- Stan Rath at Rath's Art Supplies (custom canvases and art supplies) - 2412 Main Street Vancouver BC
- Matt Rodzki at VanPrint (graphic designs, print work) www.vanprint.com
- Hale at Art Ryan (custom framing) - 976 W. King Edward Street, Vancouver BC
- Jamie Smith and everyone at - Thrive Art Studios (artist community, support and inspirations) www.thriveartstudio.com
- Jodi, Bronwyn and Trish at IDS Vancouver (design community, support and inspirations) www.idswest.com
If you are interested in working with me in the future, please feel free to get in touch!