My name is Dayna Bordage (née Stonehocker). I am an artist who grew up in small town Alberta and graduated with a BFA in painting from the University of Alberta in 2003. Currently I live and work in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with my husband and daughter.
After University I was not as active with my art. Two years after finishing University I moved to Calgary and two years after that I had my daughter. I felt that I needed to keep doing something so I continued to paint still life throughout that period. At times I questioned what I was doing it for and wondered if I would ever get back into showing my work. In the fall of 2010 I read a piece of advice for artists to do 15 minutes of something creative every day. I decided to try that. Some days it was the longest 15 minutes of my life, some days I missed, and some days I would work for hours. But I was getting art done. So then I set up my blog and decided to aim for doing a post a week, which also meant doing a painting a week. Some weeks I missed and some weeks it was a struggle to get something done and some weeks I had a few things on the go at once and my next three posts planned. But I was getting it done. Now I’m ready for the next step and I’m planning and applying for shows. It felt like I had emerged from a very dark period to pick up where I left off and I’ve discovered 7 years of still-life paintings that track my improvement as a painter. I had thought those were my lost years but now it feels like it all fits together somehow. Maybe I just wasn’t ready before now.