Would you recommend Dana for portrait commissions?
"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
"Dana is a truly gifted artist who has spent 20 years perfecting every aspect of her craft. Her paintings express the truth of her subject underneath perfectly balanced colors and subtle effects of light. She is also generous and gracious in sharing her knowledge with her students and patrons."
Matthew Johnson, Director, risd|works, Rhode Island School of Design
"Ms. Dana Levin is an art teacher extraordinaire of classic, realist painting. She possesses the outstanding ability to convey the Renaissance technique of portraiture in the tradition of the Old European masters. As a student of Ms. Levin, I was profoundly impressed by how quickly I mastered the technique of charcoal transfer to create oil-on-canvas portraiture."
Arthur Rubin Senior Technical Writer/Business Analyst
Mark Wesling Owner at Mark Wesling Guitar Studio
"When I first met Dana Levin at the New School of Classical Art, I was awed by her oil paintings. Both her figurative and still life paintings were not only technically accurate, but had a something more...a timeless quality... a natural beauty...a sophistication. At this moment I knew that I wanted to study under Dana. For two years I studied with Dana. She was a great teacher, mentor, and inspiration. I am grateful to her for providing me with a solid foundation for my own art work."
Jo Ellen Reinhardt Fine Artist
"Dana is a truly amazing teacher. She demands excellence of her students and helps them achieve their goals. Studying at Dana's school was a life-changing experience for me. One of her greatest strengths is that she works very hard to make sure that you understand what she is trying to convey. She can explain difficult concepts succinctly and stays with each student until they have mastered it. I give her my highest recommendation as a teacher, friend, and artist."
Cate Hunter Kashem Graphic Designer & Oil Painter
"Dana was an art student as a teenager in a summer program I direct. She was outstanding as both a young adult and as a talented young artist. After art school she returned to Belvoir as a drawing teacher and again was extraordinary. Since then she has taught in Italy, taught in her studio and shown in New York and other galleries. Her work is amazing and she is a truely exceptional woman and artist. To own her work is to have something valuable , beautiful and exciting in your home."
Nancy Goldberg Owner Director at Belvoir Terrace