YBAL: Tell us a little about yourself and your artwork. When did you start developing your artistic-self?
Dana: I have been in the arts since I was a little girl when I started acting in our amazing church plays. Because of my exposure, at the age of six, I was asked to sing in at Christian Recording Artist, Steve Green’s, concert held at our church. From there, I was in tons of musicals and even figure skated competitively for nine years. At the age of 15, my parents bought me a great digital camera and sowed the seed for my future. I have been a professional photographer specializing in weddings and portraits since 2010.
YBAL: Have you received any awards or other achievements? Where can people find your work?
Dana: I recently was named “Most-Loved Photographers in 2011” from BridesView magazine. You can find it here.
YBAL: What attracts you to textiles and clothing? How do you gain inspiration for your work?
Dana: So, I said all that to bring you to how I began creating fashions! I encouraged my Mom and her friend Deb to sell their handiwork on Etsy and I would be their photographer. So they did and opened their Etsy shop in November 2011.
My friend and I started doing a craft session for our own fun each week so for Valentine’s week, we decided to make heart cut-out shirts. Like every proud college girl, I posed in my shirt on Facebook and the rest is history. Within the first two weeks, I sold 47 shirts and my desire to design skyrocketed! I am obsessed with choosing fabrics and I do not make anything I wouldn’t wear myself.
YBAL: How have the events of your life affected your art? How has art affected your life?
Dana: My brother almost died when I was nine years old and when he found out my Mom was putting me into school after being home schooled all my life, my brother begged her to let me stay home and school with him.I realized how important home and family are at a young age. Owning my own business and working from home have been a blessing to stay close to family.
YBAL: When did you begin your relationship with God and how? How has your relationship with God affected your art? How has art affected your relationship to God?
YBAL: Any future goals you'd like to share? Any encouragement for other artists?
Dana: My future goals include finishing my degree and continuing to grow my businesses.I would encourage other artists to do what you love when it is an option and do all to the glory of God!