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July Issue 2004
Piazza Gallery in Mt. Pleasant, SC, Features Works by Dana Coleman
Original works in acrylic by Dana Coleman of
Charleston, SC, will be presented at the Piazza Gallery Art &
Framing in Mt. Pleasant, SC, from July 9 - 31, 2004.
As the youngest of five children, Coleman was always competing for attention. He entertained his friends and family by drawing their portraits. Art just seemed to be a natural career path for him. Coleman received his Associate's Degree in Commercial Graphics/Graphic Design from Trident Technical College and then attended the University of South Carolina majoring in Civil Engineering. But his love of drawing, designing and painting drew him back to the fine arts.
Today, Coleman not only enjoys doing graphic designs and creating websites, but he has continued working in acrylics and producing some of the most beautiful depictions of the lowcountry. "I love the deep rich colors of the area. I love the way the light and shadow play on the beautiful sunsets, marshes and buildings. These are the things I love to paint," says Coleman. "I am fascinated with the rich architecture in this beautiful, historic city."
"This is a great opportunity to show my original artwork in Mount Pleasant. I'm very excited," says Coleman. "The most difficult subject I have painted has to be capturing the true essence of the Cooper River Bridges. The flowing structure along with the soothing sunset was difficult to execute because I have never viewed the sunset while looking at the bridges. I work from real life mainly for sketches and impressionistic paintings. However, I work from several photos to capture the fine details in the larger, more time-consuming paintings. The more detailed paintings would be harder to paint because of the changing light and shadows.
"For the more impressionistic paintings I work from real life because it takes much less time and has far less detail," says Coleman. "I prefer painting in the impressionistic style because it allows more freedom. It doesn't have to look like a photograph, and is very fun to paint. I love Michelangelo for his realism and Edward Degas for Impressionism at its finest."
Coleman has won several awards and received lots of recognition for his artwork. One of his most prestigious awards is his First place finish in the North Charleston Arts Festival for his acrylic painting Catfish Row. He has won several Honorable Mentions as well, such as Honorable Merit for his jazz rendition A Moment of Silence.
Coleman is married and has three children under the age of 13. Says Coleman, "Raising children teaches you patience. You can always use patience when painting. God and my family are my first priority, and my inspiration. My children are Iree, who is 13, Raheen who is 12 and Dana Jr. who is 5. Raheen is the artistic one and loves to assist me with my paintings." "My lovely wife Hope is a full time mom, full time minister at a local church and full time student at Charleston Southern University majoring in Sociology and Religion. She really has her hands full! It is never dull around our household."
Coleman has an online art gallery at (www.danacoleman.net).
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