9661 Zayante Dr., Felton, CA 95018 831.566.6104 www.danaweigand.com
Born In Kansas and raised in Santa Fe during the 1970's, I was attracted by the color and texture of the milieu in which I grew up, I was drawn towards the internal fabric of the Southwest. It sparked a burning invitation for me to draw and paint. There was an undercurrent of life that I could feel was present but not obvious to the eye. I have been very blessed in that I have had very good mentors throughout my career. Through studying art at Cabrillo College, College of Santa Fe, University of California at Santa Cruz, I have developed an intimate understanding of the nature and behavior of the painting process with all its varied nuances.
In 1994, I relocated to the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is in this setting that I became a figurative painter. The figure provides the catalyst to express the undercurrents of human experience that have characterized in my painting. I would say that my paintings describe an internal landscape, and the image is merely the vehicle to express what otherwise remains illusive. My images may describe an ordinary event that hint of unstated thoughts or emotions that need a voice to reveal what is hidden below the surface. Other images, like the Bull, have a powerful and straight forward on the viewer’s emotions. .
In my studio, I work from multiple images, although I try not to let what I’m working from speak too loudly. I want to let the paint do its work. The canvas gets subjected to many applications of paint using brush and knife. The canvas becomes a very active and physical space. Mark making techniques are employed to emphasize emotion and movement. My mark making is accomplished by use palette knife, oil stick, charcoal, brush, brush end and pastel. The partnership between the artist and the viewer is, in this way, both spacious and intimate. My work has become as much about the paint as it is about subject matter. The paint takes me into a metaphysical space.
I am a participating Open Studios artist and look forward to your visit this year! My recent exhibit at Santa Cruz County Government Center was the second time I was juried into the County Government Center by the Santa Cruz Arts Council. I was juried into 2 shows last year at the Santa Cruz Art League, and have participated in other shows and exhibits in the county. My work has also been shown out of state. I contributed a painting to a group show at the Ceres Gallery in New York. I have received awards and favorable commentaries from juried shows. Although some of my paintings are currently part of private collections, several pieces in my new collection are available for viewing and for purchase. Included in the collection are some of my pastel paintings. These pieces are spontaneous and fresh in their glimpse into my painting process.