Dana Anderson has been attending the studio once a week for three years. She works with remarkable concentration, and seems to find delight in the act of creating. She is prolific, painting several pieces in her two-hour visit each Thursday afternoon. To date, she has completed 300 paintings.
Dana is making her mark in the art world. She is the South’s first artist with special needs to be given her own solo gallery art exhibit. She made history in Alabama and Georgia with her “Beyond Barriers” exhibits. 20 pieces at the Huntsville Botanical Garden Mar 1 – Apr 30, 2018. 30 pieces at the Tull Hall Gallery in Atlanta Nov 4, 2018 – Jan 29, 2019. She will make history again when she exhibits 20 pieces on the Magnificent Mile of Chicago Sep 16-Nov 27, 2020. She received national media attention and has sold nearly 100 pieces in 35 states.
Dana is 27 years old and has Down syndrome and autism. 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, demonstrating a sophisticated use of color that is profound in its simplicity . You can see her story, videos, events, and some of her work at her website: danaandersonart.com.