Dana Cromie


Artist in Residence
University of British Columbia Botanical Garden
2012 - 2014


Artist Statement

As a mature emerging artist, I am fascinated with representing what is familiar to me, whether a plant, a landscape or a concept. I am most attracted to light, colour, and rhythm. I am intrigued with performance, particularly musical composition, and how the process of narrative through time differs from the static expression of two-dimensional work. I have a deep interest in nature and am concerned with man's impact on the environment. My art is an extension of my life interests.


Dana is a lifelong artist and gardener living in Vancouver, British Columbia.

1970 - 1976, Dana studied Visual Art at Capilano College, Institute Allende de San Miguel, and Vancouver School of Art. He then worked in clothing manufacturing as a production manager and as a planner.

1952 - present, The son of a green thumb and ardent volunteer, Dana has a renowned garden full of unusual plants. Dana has a deep engagement with the local garden community, and his garden has been toured multiple times by the Alpine Garden Club of BC, the Vancouver Rhododendron Society and the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group. He is an active longtime member of these groups.

1999-2001, Dana wrote and photographed 'In My Garden' for Vancouver Lifestyle Magazine and has contributed to the Annual of the Rhododendron Species Foundation and the Bulletin of the Alpine Garden Club of BC.

2001-present, He became a friend of the UBC Botanical Garden where he is head of the FOGs' guides and is chair of the annual Treasured Bulb Sale. Dana coordinated the acquisition and catalog description of the plants for the UBCBG Collectors' Plant Auctions from 2004 - 2011

2010-present, He has studied botanical illustration at UBC Botanical Garden with Alison Watt, at Emily Carr University with Elizabeth Mancini, and privately with Mary Comber Miles.

2012-2014, Dana was Artist in Residence at UBC Botanical Garden and continues to provide UBCBG with artwork for promotional material.

2014, January - April Dana had a solo exhibit at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, the natural history museum at UBC. "Remnants - a visual survey of human progress" documented habitat fragmentation and loss of biodiversity through a series of five large collages containing 1,500 prints made from 28 original drawings.

2014, June, Dana had five pieces in the juried group botanical art exhibit "Growing in Sight" at Emily Carr University.

Dana teaches drawing workshops at UBC Botanical Garden and recently lead a workshop on digital drawing with the iPad.

He has travelled widely to visit plants in situ.
He lives in East Vancouver with his husband, Greg Brown.
He regularly gives garden related talks to various local clubs.


Dana Cromie - Resume



2015 - 'Arts at Darts' - invitational art fair at Darts Hill Garden in Surrey, BC
2014 - 'Growing in Sight' - five pieces in a curated exhibit at Emily Carr University
2014 - 'remnants - a visual survey of human progress' - a three month solo exhibit at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC featuring five large-scale collages made with 1,500 letterpress prints of twenty-six original drawings
2012 - 2014 - 'Artist in Residence' - University of British Columbia Botanical Garden
2011 - present - annual home sale

Art classes and public talks

2016 - Crofton House School - watercolour demonstration
2016 - UBC Botanical Garden - UBC Botanical Garden
2016 - Home - iPad Botanical Drawing Workshop
2015 - UBC Botanical Garden - workshop - Botanical Drawing
2015 - Van Dusen Gardens, Alpine Garden Club of BC - lecture - 'History of Botanical Art'
2014 - UBC Botanical Garden - workshop - Botanical Drawing
2013 - UBC Botanical Garden - lecture - 'History of Botanical Art'
2012 - Surrey Art Gallery - lecture - 'Watercolour Botanicals'


2011-2013 - very small studio - Elizabeth Mancini, botanical watercolour
2011 - Emily Carr University - Elizabeth Mancini, botanical watercolour
2010 - studio sessions - Mary Comber Miles, botanical watercolour
2010 - Emily Carr University - Elizabeth Mancini, botanical illustration
2010 - UBC Botanical Garden - Alison Watt, botanical watercolour
1975 - Vancouver School of Art - Ron Stonier, painting
1974 - Institute Allende, San Miguel - Zois Shuttier, painting
1973 - studio classes - Peter Aspell, painting
1970-1972 - Capilano College, Visual Arts Program - Frank Molnar, Stephen Leskard
1969 - UBC - first year arts


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