I received a Master’s in Art in 1989 from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, with an emphasis on sculpture. While working toward my degree, I gained experience in all mediums while my focus was mainly abstract female forms in cement and steel. After graduating, I continued to sculpt expressionistic figurative sculptures until 2009 in cement and other materials like clay and wood. At that time, I transitioned, leaving sculpture behind to explore two-dimensional Art in multiple paint mediums and subject matter. Since painting, I have found my inspiration from nature and animals. I enjoy capturing and bringing to life the spirit of horses, birds, and other animals. Many of my paintings begin with layers of hand-made papers and alternately contrasting colors with spontaneous and expressive brushstrokes. I often incorporate and combine symbolic free-formed and geometric shapes. My process is intuitive. I love to employ all the available design elements to express rhythms, energy, moods, and emotions. Each painting experience is unique, yet my goal for all my paintings is to capture a degree of the joy and beauty that nature gives us.
Dara’s work is represented in Arizona by Wilde Meyer Galleries. Click on any piece to enlarge it.