Dana is an impressionist, who loves the natural world, and her Native American heritage. You'll often find her in the upstairs art studio in her home, or outside with her menagerie of domestic and feral animals.
Born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK, Dana became an art enthusiast before entering kindergarten. Dana took art classes throughout her school years, and she graduated from Yukon High School, in Yukon, OK. She attended Oklahoma State University. Dana and her husband live on an acreage in beautiful south Texas. In the 1830s, the U.S. moved Dana's great-great-great-grandparents from Mississippi into Indian Territory on the Choctaw Trail of Tears. Her paternal grandfather and great-grandparents were registered in the U.S. Dawes Census. Another of Dana's great-grandfathers was an Arkansas lawman who rounded up outlaws in Indian Territory during the 19th century. She has Cherokee ancestry on two branches of her family tree.
Dana is a registered member of Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and Choctaw Artist Registry, as well as the Conroe Art League, Conroe, TX, the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, and the American Indian Chamber of Commerce
We're sisters who learn Choctaw words and phrases, wear cowgirl boots, and delight in the outdoor world. Our heritage courses through us like deep waters, and you'll see it unfold through our creations. There are certain things that call our names and strongly pull on our psyches. Maybe it's our family DNA erupting through our senses. Or perhaps it's some hidden part of our souls, searching for what comes next. We know it's there, but we're never sure what it looks like, until it emerges through our paint brushes, camera, and keyboard.
For certain, the journey to the unknown is part of the thrill for both of us. And we invite you to travel beside us on a path of stepping stones dipped in art, photography, history, and the written word. Be inspired to find your voice, while we define our own.
Carol reports, writes, and photographs weekly for three Canadian County, Oklahoma, newspapers. She writes for Oklahoma: Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and she writes monthly for Oklahoma Magazine, plus other publications. She won her first writing award as a young girl, and still loves stories that grab readers at the first sentence. A teacher and tutor for decades, she edited academic essays for children through adults. Her first published book was a fourth grade history curriculum, and her second book, published in 2017, was a nonfiction history of Southeastern Oklahoma. Her nonfiction article "Tribal Political Organizations," in the Oklahoma Almanac 2015-2016, was the first article in the almanac's tribal section since 1907 statehood.
B.A. History, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Registered Member Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma & Choctaw
Nation Artist Registry
Member American Indian Chamber of Commerce
Member Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Member Yukon Chamber of Commerce
Member Indian Territory Posse of Oklahoma Westerners
Speaker Nichols Hills Criterion Book Club