Dana Scott Westring attended Hasting College and graduated with a BA in Studio Art in 1975. He moved to Washington, DC to pursue graduate work in Architectural History at George Washington University and began working freelance in advertising illustration in 1976. He worked as Art Director at an International Architectural/Interior Design Firm beginning in 1982. For the following six years he designed and painted trompe l'oeil murals around the world. The majority of commissions were for the Royal Family in Saudi Arabia and the Royal Household in Jordan, as well as numerous residential and commercial installations in the United States and Europe. That international work led to projects involving the restoration of antique decorative art and murals in theaters, hotels, and other commercial spaces. The last twenty years he has focused mostly on drawings and watercolors of landscapes—a natural interest because of his work in landscape design during that time. The drawings and studies in this exhibition are of the New England coast around Prouts Neck, Maine. Dana currently lives in the countryside near Marshall, Virginia.
My interest and work in landscape design has a tremendous impact on my drawing and painting. I am drawn to contrast and texture. The beauty of rocky coastal formations against the sea or the softness of shoreline trees, grasses and shrubs is a wonderful and satisfying balance that I love to study and observe in my art. It is a textbook of natural harmony that draws my eye to it.