Dana Christensen Profile Photo

Dana Christensen

San Rafael, CA

I work primarily in monochrome, with emphasis on light and shadow. I love the play of dark against light and the clarity of angles and shapes that emerge once color is removed. I am excited by the drama of pure blacks against clean whites and I strive to put a touch of melancholy or mystery into many of my images. Recently, etching and printmaking has become a core focus of my art. Intaglio printing, specifically copper plate photogravure, is aesthetically appealing to me and I am excited to be a practitioner of this traditional technique. The rich velvety matte surface, deep shadows, delicate half tones, and luminous highlights of photogravures are incomparably beautiful, and the range of lush papers, both Western and Eastern, present their own journey of discovery every time I print. Beyond the aesthetic appeal, the etching process is meditative. It is a slow and deliberate progression , with each step requiring an intimate connection between artist and process. I spent much of my early life as a photographer on the East Coast, exploring the architecture of the cities and the aging infrastructure of small towns left behind by change. Coming west, I fell in love with the vast open spaces and the contrast between the sea, the mountains, and the inland deserts. I am constantly searching for scenes, whether in nature or created by humans, that convey timelessness but also express the impermanence of the world as we know it. My goal as a fine art photographer is to create a vision of place or object that may feel familiar but brings a unique interpretation to the viewer.

Dana Christensen
www.danachristensenphotography.com / danac2400@gmail.com I 415-595-2652

2020
Beneath the Surface, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art Member Show, Novato CA.

2019
Ensemble, Juror: Micah LeBrun, Curator Marin Community Foundation Gallery, Novato CA
Annual Juried Photography Exhibit. Juror: Robert Buelteman, Fine Art Photographer.
Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay CA
4th Annual Alternative Process Photography Exhibit. Jurors: Unai San Martin, Ann M. Jastrab, Christina Z. Anderson (artists). Image Flow Gallery, Mill Valley CA
Transcend. Juror: Amy Owen, Curator DiRosa Museum. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato CA
Seeing Colors. Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael CA

2018
Memory and Perception. Juror: Alan Bamberger, Art Critic. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato CA
Realism to Abstraction. Juror: Randall Sexton, Artist. Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael CA
Exposed 2018. Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael CA
Urban Life and Cityscapes. Juror: David Coleman, Photographer. Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay CA
7 Deadly Sins. Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit MA
Inspired Images. Bartolini Gallery, San Rafael CA

Awards
Annual Awards, Northern California Council of Camera Clubs, 1st place, color prints, 2018
Annual Awards, Northern California Council of Camera Clubs, 2nd place, monochrome prints, 2018
International Monochrome Awards, 2018, 5 Honorable Mentions in 3 Categories
Annual Awards, Marin Photography Club, Travel Photograph of the Year, 2017

Proteus and Friends

Dana Christensen