Dana studied art and design at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has created art at every stage of his life in one form or another. After a 40-year career in the book printing industry, he is now a full-time painter. He relies on the many artistic styles he has studied and observed over the years to apply to his work.
His paintings reflect the early influences of black and white photography, old sepia prints, surrealism and Chiaroscuro technique. His compositions combine light and dark contrasts and shapes, attempting to create a sense of wonder and mystery with objects that seem both familiar and unfamiliar, and allow the viewers interest and imagination to decide. Creating monochromatic compositions of out of the darkness and layers of light allow the viewer to enter this realm of imagination without the influence of color.