Dana Phillips is a resident of Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, After years of recreational drawing and occasional exploration of painting, he began painting seriously in 2007, encouraged by artist friends in Sacramento, California. Dana has taken workshops and classes with Bay Area artists including Debbie Gualco, Don Hatfield, Terry Miura, Deladier Almieda, Philippe Gandiol, Fongwei Liu, and Robert Gant Steel. In 2013, he moved to Smith Mountain Lake and began exploring the challenges of the new landscape.
Dana's juried events and awards are listed below. He participated in shows and plein air competitions in California and more recently in North Carolina. He is past president of Bald Knob Artists of Franklin County, Virginia. He is a member of the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast. He has been an associate member of the California Art Club.
Dana was born and raised in Texas. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and then the University of San Diego, receiving a degree of Juris Doctor. He practiced law in southern California for ten years before moving to Sacramento to work for the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, where he retired as General Counsel after 22 years.
-2010 Winters Plein Air Festival, Artist’s Choice Award
-2012 California State Fair, Fine Arts Exhibition, Award of Merit
-2012 Koala Rum Company, painting selected for Tasting Room display
-2014 Bald Knob Artists, Annual Best Picks Show, First Place in Oils
-2015 Bald Knob Artists, Annual Best Picks Show, Second Place in Oils
-2015 Piedmont Plein Air Paintout, High Point, North Carolina
-2013 California Art Club, "Eureka! California's Golden Light" Exhibit
-2013 Ironstone Vineyards, "Spring Obsession 2013" Exhibit
-2013 Capitol ArtWorks, "California Tapestry" Solo Exhibit
-2012 Captiol ArtWorks, "Diane, Queen of Models" Exhibit
-2012 Capitol ArtWorks, "Small Works" Exhibit
-2012 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival, San Luis Obispo, California
-2012 Frank Bettes Plein Air Paintout, Alameda, California
-2012 Los Gatos Plein Air Festival, Los Gatos, California
-2012 SFAC “Painting Where the Wild Things Are” Exhibition
-2011 Capital Plein Air and Exhibit, East Sacramento Neighborhood Association
-2011 Valonna Paintout, Epperson Gallery, Crockett, California
-2011 Sacramento Fine Arts Center (SFAC) "Magnum Opus XXII" Exhibit
-2017 Healing Art of the Blue Ridge, Carillion Clinic (c) 2016 Roanoke, VA