Dana Thomas received her art education at Rollins College where she focused on painting as a student of Tom Peterson, and the study of art history. She has exhibited at the Windermere Art Gallery, the Passport Fine Art Gallery, and has painted many portrait commissions. A lifelong interest in art and architecture led her to pursue civic service in Public Art and Historic Preservation; architecture and sense of place remain influential in her work.
Through a 15 year career with an academic art museum, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College –along with the tremendous growth of its contemporary collection– Thomas absorbed a high level of art knowledge and came to understand that the work of today’s most authentic artists is defined by a compulsion to express the inner voice through uniquely formed methods.
In early 2020, Thomas completed a residential immersion in abstract painting, led by Audrey Phillips, at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her practice is now centered on abstract work in acrylic, oil, and mixed media.