My path to visual narrative began with biological abstraction. I studied painting with Milton Resnick and printmaking with Tony Smith, while working on the eye-brain connections of the zebrafish. After earning a degree in visual arts and biology from Barnard College, I continued to show my oil paintings and intaglio prints in New York, Los Angeles, and Vermont; worked as artist-in-resident at public schools; received grants and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Woodstock School of Art, the Studio Center in Johnson Vermont, and the Vermont Arts Council. Earning a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, led me toward the creative use of words in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. In turn, an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts ultimately led me back to pictorial storytelling in both picture books and graphic narratives for older readers.


10 Responses to About

  1. Erin C. says:

    Your work is wonderful–hope you get to share it with people who have family members in this situation. I really enjoyed the Brooklyn Art Library–it’s not what it seems from the name, and delightfully so.

  2. Hi, Dana,
    I am moved by your work. What an extraordinary portrait of what seems like an extraordinary human being. The whimsy and imagination of your work somehow balances the grief of Alzheimer’s.

    I think it would be wonderful to share this with people in a couple of venues that come to mind: VNA’s Hospice just recently had an in-service for volunteers on Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The presenter was part of an organization with, I think, the name Bridges. Or you could offer to present at the next in-service. People to contact are Erica Marks or Deb Brady, Hospice Volunteer Coordinators at 860-4410.
    The Converse Home in Burlington has an Alzheimer’s Unit and there used to be a support group for family members. You could contact Converse at 862-0401.
    I don’t think either place would have funds to pay you but perhaps. You would certainly get more exposure for your unique contribution.
    Thank you for this wonderful offering. Joey

    • danawalrath says:

      Hi Joey- Thank you for your kind words about my work and these fantastic ideas about ways to share it! I will start working on reaching out to them right away.

  3. Nancy says:

    Dana, this is stunning. I’m so very moved. Thank you for creating and sharing it.

  4. Robert T. O'Brien says:


    You never cease to amaze and inspire me! Thank you for sharing this with us. For my own part, you’ve brought back wonderful times I had with my great-grandmother, whom I think would have liked Alice (and you!) very much.

    Much love!


    • danawalrath says:

      Thanks so much, Rob. I love that it brought back memories of your great-grandmother. Those/we anthropologists were onto something with the lineages!

  5. Dana
    My brother-in-law died of early onset Alzheimer’s in August of 2010. In reading your reflections, I see so much of him. Thank you!

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