Dana Hooper, a fourth generation San Franciso Bay Area native, is a self-taught artist. She paints on location in rural Marin and Sonoma counties in a style inspired by the Society of Six and Bay Area Figurative artists. In her larger studio paintings, Hooper reinterprets the plein air images in an expanded and often simplified motif.
Employing brushes and palette knife, she paints the places, the animals and the light with which she is deeply familiar and closely connected. Hooper takes an intuitive approach. She doesn't do preliminary sketches, but prefers to spontaneously develop a convergence of paint, canvas, and spirit. Risk-taking is crucial to keeping the work alive, she says, "and as a means
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