Discovered and Uncovered Dani Dodge
Art is an accident waiting to happen – well it is in my case, as I hope to get back to actually doing some art very soon! But, talking of accidents, I accidentally came across this artist whilst looking for something else (I love these sort of accidents). American artist Dani Dodge (great name) only started painting in 2004, she had worked as a reporter for 20 years and was with the First Marine Expeditionary Unit in Iraq. She won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2006, where she was part of a team. She may have left journalism in 2008 but her storytelling carries on in art form.
Anyone who knows anything about me, my art and what I like will be able to see why I like this very mixed media type of art! Dodge works with an eclectic mix of media, multi layering acrylic paint, collage, ink, paper etc on to canvas. The results are revelations of the very human condition.
The drive to tell stories of humanity runs deep within me. I worked many years as a journalist and fulfilled that need with words. After covering the war in Iraq, it became clear to me that words were not enough – I needed something more expressive and powerful.
I discovered painting, which has consumed me ever since. Now I layer different materials to tell tales of loneliness, joy, pain and triumph – in short, of being human. I venture beyond objects and objectivity in search of the elusive truth of our individual and collective soul as I paint outside the lines.
The artist does painting demonstrations and teaches workshops. She also has her own arts blog an arts blog for Voice of San Diego. where she write about the artists she meets. Multi layered, painterly, expressive and original.
I like – very much 🙂