Silk painter Dana Roman found her way to Canmore on a road less travelled. Back in 1968, she was working as an architect in Prague, Back in 1968, she was working as an architect in Prague, in what was then called Czechoslovakia.
But she and her husband Paul immigrated to Canada to avoid the Russian occupation of her country.They both found work as architects in Toronto.
With a Masters degree in Architecture from Prague, she worked for 10 years in her field. But after their third baby, Dana stopped working as an architect and started to paint on silk.She took courses at the Ontario College of Art, Alberta College of Art and Vancouver Island School of Art.I started to sell silk scarves, Roman said.
It went so well that I never returned to architecture.The beauty of the Rocky Mountains drew Roman and her family to Canmore 21 years ago.
When we came to Canmore I started to paint on canvas, Roman said. In the beginning I painted pictures of mountains because I was thrilled with the mountains.
After 10 years I saw everyone was doing mountains here and so I started doing abstract.An avid hiker and skier, Roman has held the positions of Canmore Art Guild president once and she was twice the CAG gallery director.She also received the Canmore Mayor’s Spotlight on the Arts award in 2011.Her painted silk scarves are available at the Art Gallery of Alberta Gift Shop, Glenbow Museum, Whyte Museum and the Ontario Craft Council.
Her abstract artwork is sold in the Bow Valley and at Gallery Odin at Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon and several other galleries across Alberta.Her work is constantly evolving as she creates beautiful abstract images with bold colours.In the last year or two I started painting on see through organza silk and making collages with canvas and then mixing them with acrylics, Roman said. There are several layers.When you walk slowly by her abstracts you can see changes to the light and dark through the many layers of silk.When you look at an abstract you can imagine whatever you wish, Roman said.
Most of my images have kind of a horizon. It takes a lot longer to do than a realistic painting.She paints on the silk when it is hanging across two supports and says it is extremely messy work. Sometimes she will take a work in progress upstairs from her workspace to look at it for a few days.
You keep looking at it and adding different things you think would be better until you’re satisfied, Roman said.Roman is having a solo show called Layers’ at the Canmore Art Guild, (CAG) gallery in Elevation Place at 700 Railway Avenue in Canmore starting from Saturday, April 20 to Tuesday, May 7, 2019.She is the initiator and one of the curators for the Canmore Abstract annual exhibition, in its fourth year, and she is one of 14 artists in in the show. This year it runs from March 9 to 26 at the CAG Gallery.The opening reception is on March 8 at 7 pm.Her public art piece triptych River’ is hanging on the round wall of the Council Chamber in the Canmore Town Hall.Her designs are also on Canmore utility boxes including the one beside the Senior’s Centre and the one beside the bus stop behind the library.For more information please visit her website at http://www.romandana.com.