CLAUDETTE CASTONGUAY

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ocean scenes that are re­duced to some­thing sim­pler, which she de­fines as a “plas­tic-look­ing sculp­ture of sorts.” She says that her work is “very de­signed” and that the tagline in her bio reads, “Emily Carr meets Dr. Seuss.”

Process Makes Per­fect

Dana makes the draw­ings that serve as fore­run­ners to her paint­ings from pho­to­graphs she has taken on trips while hik­ing or tour­ing. “I use the prin­ci­pals of sym­phonic com­po­si­tion (the golden mean) for bal­ance and drama. Once I have a draw­ing that I am happy with, I paint and build­ing up with glazes in the lat­ter stages to get rich colour. I think all of that curv­ing and swirling, the colour schemes and the sim­plis­tic de­signs, end up look­ing happy. Rarely dark. Even if I am por­tray­ing dark weather, there is an out, makes her art a happy place in­deed and one that is at once nat­u­ral and full of whimsy.

Pre­vi­ous Page top left, Wind­ing Down, oil on can­vas, 36” x 60” bot­tom left, Sat­is­fac­tion, oil on can­vas, 36” x 60” right, Chee­wat Giant, oil on can­vas, 60” x 30” This Page right top, Prom­ise, oil on can­vas, 30” x 60” right bot­tom, Au­tumn, oil on can­vas, 30” x 60”

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