Art and visual perceptions have always been an essential force in Dannica’s life. As a teen she won an art competition that resulted in an opportunity for her to study at the Toledo Museum of Art. She continued her study at Monroe County Community College. Dannica then pursued a career as a dental ceramist. She believes the study of faces essential in cosmetic dentistry has had a great influence on her portrait work.
Dannica returned to painting after 20 years and rediscovered her passion. Although well versed in a variety of mediums, her current enthusiasm is for watercolors. She loves the quality of light and color of the water medium, and thinks the fluidity helps her convey her feelings about her subjects.
Dannica continued her artistic education studying with noted artists such as Judi Betts, Pat Weaver, Carla O’Connor and Bridget Austin who encouraged her to start exhibiting her work.
With her first exhibition she was unanimously accepted into the Northwestern Ohio Watercolor Society. Encouraged by her success she began exhibiting her work in juried art competitions. She has garnered many top awards for her florals and portraits although she is not limited to these styles (her red ’57 Chevy was particularly well received by jurors and the public).
Dannica began teaching watercolor workshops during the winter of ’03-’04 in the Fort Myers area. The classes are in great demand and she will be teaching in Fort Myers this winter.
Her paintings continue to win awards in juried shows and are in many private collections across the United States. Dannica and her husband Peter live in Newport, Michigan and Fort Myers Beach, Florida.