About the Artist
Dana Nicole is a 25-year-old artist from Atlantic City, New Jersey. She majored in illustration at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts. At The University of the Arts, Dana studied the traditional side of illustration, focusing on the balance of illustration while being influenced by fine art.
Illustrators are different than fine artists in a way that illustrators are more inspired by the written word, the story, or the history of their subjects. Dana finds inspiration from other people’s stories, how they affect her personally and artistically and, she is also very inspired by nature, animals, and the over all beauty that she absorbs from the world around her. Dana’s paintings usually revolve around portraits but are not limited to portraiture work. Oil is her medium of choice but most of her paintings start out with a thin layer or two of acrylic. There is also a hint of distortion to her paintings, not everything has to be exact for Dana because perfection is not the most beautiful thing in her eyes.
Dana currently resides in Oberlin, Ohio working as a free-lance illustrator. She has been published twice in a student run magazine from Temple University in Philadelphia named 14th Street Magazine, as well as working on private commissions since graduating in 2009. Dana plans to focus on an editorial future with illustration so she will be able to show her work in magazines all over the world.