Biography / Artist Statement
I am thrilled to be included in this prestigious show at my Alma Mater! I majored in Fine Art and Interior Design at Texas Tech University graduating in 1965. After a 30-year career in interior design and moving to Fredericksburg to retire, I have seriously pursued my passion for painting for the last 20 years. I am currently represented by RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas.
My focus is on landscape and animal art, incorporating them in the Texas and Colorado landscape. I live on a ranch with numerous longhorns, horses, donkeys, sheep and dogs for subject matter. Photographing ranch life, and wildlife makes it possible to incorporate these into my pastel paintings and has been an exciting experience. When painting an animal I sometimes find myself absorbed into the spirit of this creature. It can be a very moving experience. Painting in plein air is a wonderful way to see the atmosphere at that time of day and bring it to the painting. The colors are never captured as well with a photo lens.
Dance earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University in Interior Design/Art (double major) 1965 and is licensed by the Texas Board of Architectural Design and is a member of ASID Workshop. She is influenced by John Fawcett, Bob Rohm, Kim English, Albert Handell, Richard McKinley, Dawn Emerson, Denise Mahlke.
She is a member of the International Pastel Society, is a Pastel Society of America Associate, is a member of the Austin Pastel Society, and Die Kunstler Von Fredericksburg (The Artists of Fredericksburg).
Her juried shows and awards include: the 2018 33rd Annual Bosque Art Classic; 2012-2017 1st place,2nd place, 2nd in show in Animal/Wildlife Austin Pastel Society; 2015 and 2016 UArt Online Juried Show; 2014 Women Artists Of America Online show; 2014 Western Trappings Juried Show; 2011-2013 1st place People’s Choice and 1st place Artists Choice awards at Die Kunstler Membership Show; 2013 Western Trappings Juried Show; and Honorable Mention at the 2012 Art Guild juried show.
Represented by RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas.