21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2017: Danika Ostrowski

Danika Ostrowski

Danika Ostrowski, Hickman Bridge, acrylic, 24 x 48.

Danika Ostrowski, Hickman Bridge, acrylic, 24 x 48.

Art Education: Bachelor of Science in visualization from Texas A&M University. I have pursued studies in the fine arts all my life and continually seek opportunities to further my education.

Style: Representational with abstracted color and form.

Creative Spark: Nothing motivates me more than traveling and hiking through the southwestern landscape. I usually return from my adventures with more ideas than I can tackle and spend copious amounts of time in the studio working them out on canvas.

Second-Choice Career: Park ranger.

Other Passions: I love to travel to national parks, and I hope to visit all of them someday. So far I’ve seen 13. Also, I have an ever-growing collection of succulents and cacti. I love to make fresh pasta and practice yoga.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I have two cats named after famous painters: Claude Monet and Georgia O’Keeffe.

Best Advice Received: Never stop learning.

Biggest Fear: I have a terrible fear of heights. I work on conquering it every time I go hiking in places like Zion National Park or Grand Canyon National Park.

Quirkiest Trait: I have an unhealthy obsession with cheese.

Mantra or Motto: Do it with passion or not at all.

Favorite Studio Music: Billy Joel, George Strait, and John Denver.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: Claude Monet’s WATER LILIES at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris.

Future Goals: Travel more and discover new places to paint.

Price Range: $300 to $2,600.

Representation: www.danikaalena.com.

This story was featured in the September 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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