Dana Anderson began at Inside Out Studio needing one-on-one guidance, but she is rapidly gaining skills and finding the inner resources to work independently. She works with remarkable concentration, and seems to find delight in the act of creation. Her work demonstrates a sophisticated use of color and is profound in its simplicity.
Dana Anderson is also quickly making her mark in the art world. She was the first artist with special needs in the State of Alabama to be given her own gallery art exhibit. She exhibited 20 pieces at the Huntsville Botanical Garden March 1 – April 30, 2018. She has been asked to exhibit 30 pieces at the Tull Hall Gallery in Atlanta, where she will again make history as the first artist with special needs in the State of Georgia to be given her own gallery art exhibit. Her exhibit entitled “Beyond Barriers” will be on display November 4, 2018 – January 29, 2019.
Dana is 26 years old and has Down syndrome and autism, and is low-functioning. She cannot care for herself, does not read, write, or speak, but has found her voice in acrylic painting. She works with canvas or board, and excels in landscape and abstract art. She creates a natural blending of loud and softened hues, wheeling movements of color, and dynamic visual tension. She has only been painting two years, but has over 200 pieces and has been accepted into the National ArtAbility show in Philadelphia, 2017, and spotlighted by the national organization “The Art of Autism”.