Dana Hawk grew up in rural Missouri and attended Missouri State University, initially as an art student but switched to Cell and Molecular Biology her sophomore year, earning a B.S. She went on to University of Colorado, receiving a M.S. in Physical Therapy and practiced in the field for over a decade. She took up oil painting in 2003, experimenting in many styles but sticking to realism, and quickly received requests for canine portraits, which she still does today and has been published in many magazines such as The Artist’s Magazine, Metropolitan Magazine, and the New Barker. Although largely self-taught, Dana has committed to improving her art through workshops with Jenny Morgan, Paul McCormack, Lee Price, Stephen Bauman, and Adam Miller. Her realistic paintings of people and animals, with a touch of whimsy at times, can be seen at Abend Gallery in Denver, West End Gallery in Corning, New York, and at her website, danahawk.com.

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Oil on canvas
36×24 inches


Oil on canvas
40×32 inches

Little Birdie

Oil on canvas
13×10 inches


Oil on canvas
24×18 inches


Oil on canvas
48×30 inches