Dana took private watercolor lessons with artist Lois Thomas, Greenville, SC, from age nine until attending college. She has a BFA degree in graphic design from the University of Georgia. She completed post-graduate studies in painting and printmaking at Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania, School of Visual Arts in New York, Art Students League in New York, and at California College of the Arts.

Her professional art career began as Art Director of Promotion and Advertising with Avon Books at Hearst Magazines in New York, NY and continued with The Mother Earth News in Hendersonville, NC, Northern California Home + Garden Magazine in San Francisco, CA, at Lark Books in Asheville, NC, and with now Irwin Design here in Asheville where she creates illustrations and artwork from her attic studio in the beautiful Fairview community, just outside of Asheville.

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