Dana Ellyn is a full-time painter who lives and paints in her studio in a subsidized artist housing unit in downtown Washington DC. Ellyn committed herself to full-time status in 2002 when she decided to leave her corporate job and pursue painting. Her work is exemplified by a risk-taking vision, strong content, and colorful critiques of social norms.
Dana Ellyn’s talent shined through at a young age, though growing up, she was quiet and reserved – until about age 30. Looking at her extensive portfolio, it’s clear she found her voice. Her paintings have powerful stories to tell and opinions to profess. Her work can be more accurately described as colorful, creative critiques of social norms – questioning everything from politics to religion to, more recently, our food choices.
As a long time vegetarian, now vegan, Dana’s animal-themed art poses the question: why do we love some animals and eat others?