Dana Irving was born in Prince George, BC in 1959. She studied at Douglas College, Victoria College of Art, Vancouver Academy of Art, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and Kwantlen College. Irving's unique style has been aptly described as "Emily Carr meets Dr. Seuss". Inspired by the Group of Seven and drawn to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, Dana finds inspiration in the quiet grandeur of the forest.
From her childhood in rural Prince George, BC surrounded by pine trees and lakes to her current home in Vancouver where nature can be ignored by no one, the natural world has left an indelible mark on her sense of aesthetics and place. Dana has travelled extensively across British Columbia and Alberta as well as forays into Ontario and Quebec finding endless inspiration in the Canadian landscape. Seduced by the drama of the ever-changing natural beauty around her her paintings focus on movement and light with a touch of whimsy.