Over the Next Hill, by Dana Tri

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Dana Tri was born at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and has traveled most of her life.  She found the constant moving exhilarating and discovered she had a passion for culture and language.  She is a veteran of the United States Air Force and spent her time in service as a Korean Linguist.  Currently, she and her husband reside in Spring Hill, Tennessee.  After obtaining her Associate of Science at Columbia State Community College, she has now transferred to Middle Tennessee State University to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts where she plans to graduate in Spring of 2018.  Her medium of choice is oil, both on canvas and board.  She has had work published in print and web media.  Coordinating both nationally and internationally, she has completed personalized commisions in both traditional and digital mediums from places such as Hawaii, Florida, and England.

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Over the next hill
16X20 Acrylic and Oil on Canvas

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The essence of the human spirit is what I am driven to study.  It is not a path driven by religion, culture or politics, but rather one birthed from a desire to share and connect with individual members of society who, over time, have become increasingly more isolated and compartmentalized from one another.  In the creation of each piece, there is the ambition that each viewer of the finished product will feel a sense of community, unity and belonging.

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My process continues to evolve as I delve further into the field of oils.  Application of the paint in thin glazes over the initial background color enables deeper colors and sets the mood of the artwork.  Using the technique of glazes is a tool to better tell the story, to better describe the feelings I wish to evoke in the artwork.  The application of thicker paint is also a choice that involves the sensations I want to evoke.  The glazes allow for a luminescence, while the thicker paint is used for emphasis.  There is a sense of thoughtfulness within an artwork created this way, and I believe that the process along with the actual message of the piece are both equally as important for the final piece.

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See Dana’s online portfolio and sketchbook.

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