Contemporary Realism Painting Studio of Dana Levin

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Cambridge Mayor Portrait Commission

I delivered this portrait commission of former Mayor Barbara Ackerman to Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons (on left)

Mayor Denise Simmons of Cambridge/Barbara Ackerman Portrait

Mayor Simmons accepting the portrait of Mayor Barbara Ackerman

. Mayor Ackerman was the first female Mayor of Cambridge. It will hang in City Hall.

The New Traditionalists in New England

Art New England Dana Levin Article

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Dominic Green PhD wrote this article for Art New England featuring three artists who paint in the classical realism style.  Dominic has a very sensitive understanding of  the nuance of challenges that come with painting in a “traditional” style.  I really enjoyed speaking with him….

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I have had several requests for more moderately priced paintings.  So, I have placed six paintings on ebay.  It is “auction” style with a “buy it now” button.  These have very accessible pricing.

I hope you can visit the link below and take a look, and I hope you enjoy!



Auction Painting


Auction Painting


Auction Painting


Auction Painting


Auction Painting


Auction Painting




Finalist-32 Annual Competition The Artist’s Magazine


The Artist’s Magazine 32nd Annual Art Competition

I have been notified that two of my paintings (Lovers and My Guide) are finalists. There were over 7,500 entries! These paintings are currently available at Tree’s Place Gallery on Cape Cod, MA.
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Painting on loan to BBH

My painting, Whirl, is on loan at the Boston office of Brown Brothers Harriman.
BBH is the oldest privately owned banking institution in the US. Their Boston office has 2000 employees!  dana still life

Finished Portrait

This is the finished posthumous oil portrait of Dr. Jane Weeks, M.D., M. Sc.  I brought it to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute this week.  There will be an unveiling in August.
Dr. Jane Weeks, 20x36 inches, oil on polyester

Dr. Jane Weeks, 20×36 inches, oil on polyester

I find it a real honor when someone entrusts me to do a portrait, but especially a posthumous portrait.  People that knew the person tell me about them, try to relate to me how they feel about them, what the person means to them, the impression the person left them with. It is a very special experience.


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Still Life Show Tree’s Place in May

Symmetry, oil on linen by Dana Levin

Symmetry, oil on linen by Dana Levin

I am looking forward to an exhibition at Tree’s Place gallery.  I will be included in a group show of still life paintings May 2015.

This is a testimonial from a happy client…and when the client is happy, I am happy (big smile)

Would you recommend Dana Levin, and if so, why?
“Yes, for two reasons.  First the proficiency, the aesthetic which is apparent in the artist’s portfolio.  But, beyond that, there’s something else.  I’m not sure if empathy is the right word, but Dana demonstrated a compassion to understand who Blanche was. I think she took that part of the process very seriously.  Like a biographer, if an artist doesn’t understand the spirit of a subject, then the work is lifeless, just the record, the facts or a description. This is more than that: when I look at this portrait I don’t just recognize those eyes, I know the look in those eyes.  This is Blanche.

DJ Narey- Portrait Client

Accepted into Women Painting Women Juried Exhibition at Principle Gallery, Charleston SC

D.Levin,oilonlinen,ForwardSweep,22x26I just found out that my painting Forward Sweep, 22×26 inches, has been juried into the Women Painting Women exhibition at Principle Gallery in SC.

I have been watching the Women Painting Women exhibitions since they began in 2010 and am honored to be included.  The show opens September 5th- 125 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC.




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