Dana Lovell — ARTIST

Dana Lovell
photo by Montana Loggains-Vukinovac

Interview with artist Dana Lovell —

1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Dana Lovell, and I am a senior in high school. I enjoy participating in many activities, especially those within the arts—like playing the piano, performing in musical groups within my school, dancing, and of course, lots of artistic activities like drawing and painting. I specifically like drawing things like celebrities or realistic works, though a lot of my artwork comes from what is required for my art classes.

 

“Snapchat Selfie Portrait”
photo by Taryn Showalter

The day is lost if no one has laughed.

2. Why art?
I like to make art not only because it is an area I do well in, and I would like to continually improve, but also because I can express my love for things that bring me happiness through my artwork, and I can create pieces of myself. I can also express my thoughts and ideas, and I love being able to contribute something to the world, and I want to create things that mean something to people. Oftentimes, when I create a piece of artwork, I later hang it on my wall and decorate my room.

The attitude with which we approach each day controls the outcome. We must be more concerned with what we do with what happens to us than what happens to us.  — Marvin J. Ashton

3. What is your earliest memory of wanting to be an artist?
I’ve enjoyed creating artwork throughout my childhood, though I never really thought of seriously drawing until my parents started signing me up for art classes, and my art teachers required me to draw realistically. I would draw with a more anime style in elementary school, but in middle school, I began expressing my love for Disney, and drawing Disney princesses and Mickey Mouse. That is when I really began drawing seriously.

 

photo by Montana Loggains-Vukinovac

 

4. What are your favorite subjects and medias?
I usually enjoy just drawing things that I love, whether that is a celebrity I like, a photo I took, Disney characters, or aesthetically painted quotes surrounded by flowers. I also create a lot of my artwork for gifts for my family or friends. I prefer drawing and painting, specifically with graphite or acrylics, though I’ve been working at improving at colored pencil and watercolor, and I enjoy those too.

 

“Fly Away”
photo by Dana Lovell

 

5. How do you work and approach your subject?
I usually begin by looking up pictures or by taking pictures to use as reference photos, if I do not already have the picture I would like to base my artwork on. When I begin my piece (either in my room, on the couch, or at school), I often listen to music, or I put on a tv show or movie while I am working.

 

“Cut Out for Love”
photo by Dana Lovell

 

6. What are your favorite art work(s), artist(s)?
My favorite artists are Leonid Afremov and Thomas Kinkade. I absolutely adore Kinkade’s Disney paintings, and Afremov’s paintings are gorgeous. Aside from my favorite famous artists, my grandmother is the one who has taught me much of my artistic knowledge, and she is definitely at the top of my favorite artist list.

 

“The Eye of the Storm”
photo by Taryn Showalter

 

7. What are the best responses you have had to your work?
My family and friends often compliment my work, though they aren’t afraid to critique it to help me improve. My peers at school and followers on social media also compliment me whenever I complete a new piece of artwork, or if they see me working on something. I especially love it when my aunts or uncles tell me about how much my young cousins admire me and my artwork, and how I inspire them.

 

photo by Montana Loggains-Vukinovac

 

8. What do you like about your work?
I like it when my artwork looks realistic and accurate to what I am basing it on. I also like it when it clearly conveys the point I am trying to get across, and when it looks colorful and beautiful—specifically when I surprise myself, and looking back I am like “Wow, I made that?” I also love being good enough at something that I can help and inspire others.

 

photo by Dana Lovell

 

9. What advice would you give to other artists?
I would encourage artists to not give up, and to continually try to improve. Hard work pays off in the end, and if you tell yourself you can’t do it, you can’t. You must have confidence in yourself and your abilities and do your best, and you might do things you never dreamed you could. Tell yourself “I am capable of amazing things—I can do it.” (But make sure to stay humble enough to recognize you can always improve, and to respect and appreciate the artwork of others.)

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. — Dr. Seuss

10. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
I would like to be attending college or finished with an art degree. I would like to be able to sell my artwork (if I have the heart to part with it), or work in an art centered career.

Dana Lovell
photo by Jammie Elkins