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“I find that art saves me each day, helping to cope with depression, chronic pain, and life in every aspect. I am truly myself when I create, and every piece that I draw or paint, a part of my soul belongs to it. My rage, anger, pain, depression flow out of my veins onto paper, in color, or black as sin”
“Into The Darkness of my Soul”
Large mixmedia painting that is a reflection of darkness in life surrounding a beautiful soul, a beautiful person. Most of my art is a mirror image of my own suffering, and struggles with pain and deep, dark depression.
“The Two Heathen Girls”
The two “heathen” girls are part of a series which I wanted to paint vibrant colors, to intensify feelings and emotions. These girls are not evil, but society would brand them as such, because of the way they may look, or how my one “heathen” is bleeding. A sign of darkness within, a painful existence, yet beautiful on the outside. Pretty things on the outside are the perfect camouflage for suffering, depression, pain.
“The Red Cloak”
This is a mixture of my love of Red Riding hood, and the fantasy of a girl fighting the wolf, both metaphorically and in life. As a woman, we fight each and every day for equality, recognition, respect. We fight to suppress the inner demons, depression, anger, fear. She represents the warrior in me, in all of us women, to survive, no matter what it takes.
Follow Dana on Instagram: @dana_la_kat