Dana Arden Petersen

"In every walk with nature one receives more than he seeks." Renowned naturalist John Muir spoke these words over a century ago, but his sentiment still rings true today, especially for me.  I have loved the outdoors and animals since childhood and this appreciation is represented in my artwork. My medium of choice is acrylic and stylistically very much in the painterly, Bay Area manner which I developed while studying art at UC Berkeley.

I was born in Monterey, California and raised in the hills of Contra Costa County.  My formative years were spent absorbing the natural beauty and colors of Northern California.  As a child growing up in the late 70s, I was allowed to explore the great outdoors with complete freedom.  My fondest memories are of riding my bicycle with friends and exploring the various streams, creeks and abandoned barns sprinkled on the rolling hills at the base of majestic Mount Diablo and picking apricots from the heritage orchards that proliferated the fields near my home.  Summers were spent with my family in Gualala, a small town on the craggy Mendocino coast and on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore.  I believe my love of art and nature was solidified as a result of my early childhood experiences.