Making art. Teaching art. Developing art curricula. These are all things Menlo Park resident Dana Shields is passionate about.
“In my work, I strive to share my passion for joyous color, simple shapes, light and shadow, and bold compositions,” she said. “As a teacher and a mother of a 5th grader, I have limited time to paint during the day, hence I paint the beauty I find in everyday objects available in our home.”
Dana’s oil paintings and giclee prints will be part of a private exhibition, Willow Art, to be held on Sunday, January 31, that also includes Kate Dutton-Gillett and Mel Day. Those interested in attending should contact John Donald at email@example.com.
Dana spent 20 years as a corporate identity designer and Creative Director for Fortune 500 companies. Following marriage and motherhood, she returned to her involvement with painting, which includes teaching her own cross-curricular art, design, science and innovation program to second graders in the Ravenswood School District.
“I started volunteering/teaching in the Ravenswood School district because of Carolyn Meyer,” said Dana. “She runs an all-volunteer organization called All Students Matter.
“I would not have had the opportunity to teach and develop my curriculum in the RSD if it wasn’t for Carolyn and for my classroom teacher Shelley Carluccio. Shelley was extremely encouraging and very open to my ideas. She collaborated with me a great deal in and outside of school.”
Returning to the topic of creating art, Dana explained that she finds many of what she thinks are her best works come when she is rushing and not thinking.
“I paint alla prima — wet on wet — wet paint on top of wet paint. I like it to be gobbly and joyous. And find myself getting completely covered in paint when I paint!”
Photo courtesy of Dana Shields