10″ x 10″ x 1.5″
Encaustic & mixed media
Dana Grubbe calls herself a ‘late-bloomer’: getting her MS in Computer Engineering at 44 and taking her first art class at 60. When she finally retired, she started with the class of 2014 at the Columbus College of Art & Design, and in her junior year transferred to The Ohio State University, completing the remaining art courses, but not her degree. Between the two schools, she feels she had the best of both programs, classic and contemporary.
Growing up in Arizona, Dana moved east and traveled for business and pleasure across the United States, Europe and Asia. She even worked and lived in India for three years. The colors and textures of those travels, and her views of earth and sky have all influenced her art.
Dana’s encaustics are a sensory delight: textured, rich in color, and tactile (you CAN touch them); they are an abstract representation of worlds both imaginary and real. Although some of her artist friends call her ‘Darth’ when she puts on her respirator; she wields a blow torch like a paint brush. Dana is one of those artists interested in the process as well as in the painting, often making her own encaustic mediums, paints, and colored shellac.
Dana’s piece “Canyon Stream” will be featured in Art for Life on September 15. See more of her work at DanaGrubbe.com.