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Dina Gardner
Boston, MA

About the Artist

Dina Gardner has always been fascinated by how artists, whether they are painters, musicians, writers or anyone who uses their gifts of creativity, work through their creative process. She is constantly intrigued that the process is so uniquely different for every artist, regardless of their medium.   
 
Dina's process looks like this: It always starts with music, which serves to influence what happens on her canvas.  At her easel, there is a lot of singing (slightly off key) and there are spontaneous dance parties (not bad for a white girl.) Her canvas is a gritty piece of paper, sometim…

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About the Artist

Dina Gardner has always been fascinated by how artists, whether they are painters, musicians, writers or anyone who uses their gifts of creativity, work through their creative process. She is constantly intrigued that the process is so uniquely different for every artist, regardless of their medium.   
 
Dina's process looks like this: It always starts with music, which serves to influence what happens on her canvas.  At her easel, there is a lot of singing (slightly off key) and there are spontaneous dance parties (not bad for a white girl.) Her canvas is a gritty piece of paper, sometimes purchased, sometimes hand-made.  With the music on, she uses a photo reference she has taken for inspiration and sketches her composition on her canvas. Sometimes, there isn't a photo reference at all but rather an idea in her head that she works from.  She doesn't typically pre-select the colors or values of pastels that she uses, preferring to choose pastels that speak to her in the moment.  She often starts with an underpainting, which is the first layer of a painting, using rubbing alcohol to set it permanently on her canvas.  She has found that vodka, gin or tequila will work in a pinch when rubbing alcohol isn't available.  At times, drinking said vodka, gin or tequila can help with the painting process as well. Sometimes there are happy accidents at the easel and sometimes tragic outcomes but regardless, being at her easel is her favorite place to be.  
 
Dina's work represents the things she is most drawn to: oceans, water, skies, trees, marshes and meadows.  She is an avid traveler and loves to paint a variety of subjects that catch her eye while traveling.  These paintings can include anything from people at a cafe to an empty plate of oysters to a platter of lemons. She loves a big, bustling city and stunning architecture but she also loves being surrounded by anything that nature has to offer from a dilapidated barn, to the sun setting over the mountains or to any path that gets off the beaten path.  As an artist, she is always chasing the light, finding the juxtaposition between light and shadow.  She finds that she is constantly asking herself how she might paint a (fill in the blank) or what colors she would use in her underpainting. She often looks at things and wonders how she could create the best composition of whatever it is she is looking at, or how she would create color harmony or where she would place the hard and soft edges.  These are the thoughts that run through her head constantly and often wake her up at night.  Standing at her easel at 3:00 am happens more often than she cares to admit.  When she is called to her easel, she's called to her easel and if it's 3:00 am. so be it. Sometimes that is when the magic really happens.     

Dina splits her time between Southern California, where she was born and raised, and Boston, her adoptive city of almost 35 years.  Before becoming a full-time artist, Dina founded several recruiting firms, starting her first company when she was 25 years old.  What she loved most about being a headhunter was actually getting the businesses off the ground.  She loved the 'launching' stage, the blank canvas she was able to work with and the vision she was able to create as she then executed and put her stamp on each one. Standing at her easel gives her the opportunity to put these same skills to use every single time she creates a painting. 

In addition to her passion for her family, painting and traveling, her heart resides with the Pay It Forward Backpack Project, a grass-roots organization she founded in 2015. The Pay It Forward Backpack Project provides backpacks filled with winter essentials to Boston's homeless population.  A percentage of proceeds from each sale of her art is donated to the Backpack Project in an effort to continue to pay it forward by helping the unhoused who often suffer from mental illness, drug and/or alcohol addiction. Dina's motto is 'Carpe Diem" and she does her best to make that happen each and every day.    

Artist’s Work

A rivers gonna rise
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A River's Gonna Rise

By Dina Gardner

Audience of one
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Audience of One

By Dina Gardner

Crashing like icarus
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Crashing Like Icarus

By Dina Gardner

A river runs through it 4
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A River Runs Through It

By Dina Gardner

Cottonwood country
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Cottonwood Country

By Dina Gardner

Early fall in new england
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Early Fall in New England

By Dina Gardner

Santa barbara country side
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Santa Barbara Country Side

By Dina Gardner

Poetry in motion 2
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Poetry In Motion

By Dina Gardner

Beyond 12 nautical miles
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Beyond 12 Nautical Miles

By Dina Gardner

Sunnies no 1
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Sunnies No. 1

By Dina Gardner

Tuesdays charm
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Tuesday's Charm

By Dina Gardner

On the cusp of a wave
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On The Cusp Of A Wave

By Dina Gardner

Abstract study
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Abstract Study

By Dina Gardner

Good old sunday morning
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Good Old Sunday Morning

By Dina Gardner

Mist over the marsh
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Mist Over The Marsh

By Dina Gardner

Pretty in pink 6
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Pretty In Pink

By Dina Gardner

Warm waves 2
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Warm Waves

By Dina Gardner

Mornings blush
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Morning's Blush

By Dina Gardner

Dance moves
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Dance Moves

By Dina Gardner

Rip tide 2
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Rip Tide

By Dina Gardner

At the shoreline
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At The Shoreline

By Dina Gardner

Chasing ghosts
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Chasing Ghosts

By Dina Gardner

Carpe diem 3
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Carpe Diem

By Dina Gardner

Oceans jewels
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Ocean's Jewels

By Dina Gardner

Happy hour 2
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Happy Hour

By Dina Gardner

Ode to the eucalyptus
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Ode to the Eucalyptus

By Dina Gardner

Oceans music
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Ocean's Music

By Dina Gardner

Winter morning hike
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Winter Morning Hike

By Dina Gardner

Model citizen
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Model Citizen

By Dina Gardner

Next time a dozen
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Next Time, A Dozen

By Dina Gardner

Queen anns lace
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Queen Ann's Lace

By Dina Gardner

Backroads to san francisco
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Backroads To San Francisco

By Dina Gardner

Rise up 3
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Rise Up

By Dina Gardner

Headed home
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Headed Home

By Dina Gardner

Last call
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Last Call

By Dina Gardner

True north
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True North

By Dina Gardner

Sweet seasons
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Sweet Seasons

By Dina Gardner

The winds gossip
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The Wind's Gossip

By Dina Gardner

Sunshine on a platter
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Sunshine On A Platter

By Dina Gardner

Free fallin 2
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Free Fallin

By Dina Gardner

Solitude among the reeds
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Solitude Among the Reeds

By Dina Gardner

In my little town
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In My Little Town

By Dina Gardner

Taller than your dreams
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Taller Than Your Dreams

By Dina Gardner

Before the night takes a deep breath
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Before The Night Takes A Deep Breath

By Dina Gardner

Solitude 22
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Solitude

By Dina Gardner

Promised land 2
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Promised Land

By Dina Gardner

Day dreams 2
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Day Dreams

By Dina Gardner

Piroutte
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Piroutte

By Dina Gardner

Desert joy
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Desert Joy

By Dina Gardner

Day at the beach 2
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Day At The Beach

By Dina Gardner

Cloud nine 2
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Cloud Nine

By Dina Gardner

The sea will rise before me
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The Sea Will Rise Before Me

By Dina Gardner

Wild america 2
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Wild America

By Dina Gardner

Hot shot
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Hot Shot

By Dina Gardner

Solitary sunflowre
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Solitary Sunflowre

By Dina Gardner

Misty morning 5
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Misty Morning

By Dina Gardner

How to build a beautiful day
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How To Build A Beautiful Day

By Dina Gardner

Sunday drive 2
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Sunday Drive

By Dina Gardner

Saving grace
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Saving Grace

By Dina Gardner

Marthas vineyard at sunset
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Martha's Vineyard at Sunset

By Dina Gardner

Glow 5
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Glow

By Dina Gardner

Bare naked ladies
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Bare Naked Ladies

By Dina Gardner

Slow mo
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Slow Mo

By Dina Gardner

Summers song
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Summer's Song

By Dina Gardner

Live streaming
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Live Streaming

By Dina Gardner

Allison
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Allison

By Dina Gardner

Wandering spirit
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Wandering Spirit

By Dina Gardner

No forwarding addressf
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No Forwarding Addressf

By Dina Gardner

Mountain time 2
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Mountain Time

By Dina Gardner

Tugboats in the harbor
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Tugboats In The Harbor

By Dina Gardner

Summers splash
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Summer's Splash

By Dina Gardner

Corps de ballet
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Corps de Ballet

By Dina Gardner

Morning at marias
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Morning At Maria's

By Dina Gardner

Morning has broken
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Morning Has Broken

By Dina Gardner

Blues traveler
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Blues Traveler

By Dina Gardner

The unfolding
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The Unfolding

By Dina Gardner

Slow crawl
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Slow Crawl

By Dina Gardner

Down east 2
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Down East

By Dina Gardner

Summer cloud
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Summer Cloud

By Dina Gardner

Carry me
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Carry Me

By Dina Gardner

Light of day 2
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Light Of Day

By Dina Gardner

Desert moon 2
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Desert Moon

By Dina Gardner

Day tripper
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Day Tripper

By Dina Gardner

Sea change 3
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Sea Change

By Dina Gardner

Only a rivers gonna make things right
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Only A River's (Gonna Make Things Right)

By Dina Gardner

Emerald eden
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Emerald Eden

By Dina Gardner

Metamorphosis 10
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Metamorphosis

By Dina Gardner

Selected Exhibitions

  • Wellesley Society of Artists: Fall 2020 Exhibit
    online/Wellesley, MA , 2020
  • Pastel Society of West Coasts 34th Juried Annual "Pastels US International Exhibition"
    online/California, 2020
  • Central Massachusetts Pastel Societies Second Annual Member Show
    online/Massachusetts, 2020
  • Copley Society of Art/ Co/So: Fresh Paint 2020/Hidden Gems
    Boston, Ma, 2020
  • Maine Art Hill Gallery: The Choice Art Show 2020
    Kennebunk, Maine, 2020

Press and Accolades

  • Gallery Cero's Great American Paint In: Featured Artist Interview
    October 2020
  • NBC Boston: Two Television interviews
    November 2018 and November 2019
  • It's All About Art: Featured Artist Interview
    June 2018

Education

  • Emerson College, Masters Business and Organizational Communication
    Boston, MA,1991 
  • San Diego State University, BS Journalism
    San Diego, CA,1984