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Dana Aldis Gallup, New Mexico

“I am, what one model once quipped, an overly educated artist,” jokes artist Dana Aldis. Her creative practice is grounded in a strong foundation in academic arts. Dana’s training is apparent in the very fine execution of detail seen in her work, plus her consideration of subject matter. “I pay attention to the implied symbolism in the imagery I choose,” Dana says. Moths, which are featured in her “30 September Moths” series, hold symbolic meaning across multiple cultures. Each moth is rendered against a delicately painted background. Dana draws inspiration for her patterns from art books and fabric shops.

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    About The Artist

    “I am, what one model once quipped, an overly educated artist,” jokes artist Dana Aldis. Her creative practice is grounded in a strong foundation in academic arts. Dana’s training is apparent in the very fine execution of detail seen in her work, plus her consideration of subject matter. “I pay attention to the implied symbolism in the imagery I choose,” Dana says. Moths, which are featured in her “30 September Moths” series, hold symbolic meaning across multiple cultures. Each moth is rendered against a delicately painted background. Dana draws inspiration for her patterns from art books and fabric shops.

    Artist Statement

    Dana Aldis, MFA, is a professional artist and teacher currently residing in Island County, Washington. She is an avid portrait and plein air painter who specializes in oil painting, working from a traditional palette to create timeless images of life and nature. Utilizing techniques borne of both tradition and modern innovations, her subjects radiate with depth and warmth.

    Her work is focused on the fathomless humor and tragic vulnerability of beauty she encounters and can be found in private collections nationwide.

    Artist Background

    New York Academy of Art
    Master of Fine Arts, 2000

    Corcoran College of Art and Design

    Master of Fine Arts, 1996

    Hear What Collectors Say About Dana's Work

    Dana Aldis 6/28/2018 | 11:01 AM

    Hi Carl, thanks for the question about my Moth Series. The series started when I joined a 30 day art challenge, and I decided to keep the artwork size small (6x6) so I could complete the artwork in the specific time crunch. It is also a size that I work with a lot. thanks again, Dana

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    C Moore 6/27/2018 | 4:51 PM

    Ms. Aldis, I admire your moth paintings but wonder why so small? Did you do them larger in the past and they didn't sell?; or did you decide to do them 6 x 6 from the get-go? Just curious.

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