A Paducah native and graduate of the Lone Oak School System, Danna Gardner is our 1st Featured Artist here at The PAPA Gallery. She started painting in oils, but once she tried acrylics she never looked back, enjoying the fast-drying paint. Danna started painting in the 7th grade with Mary Yeiser, and continued later with Clyde Lawter and Tommy Fletcher.
Her favorite artist is Cezanne, and you can see a bit of his influence in her strong colorful landscapes. But Danna definitely has her own style and flair, getting inspiration from images and photos she runs across. But rather than copying them, she studies them, finds other images that appeal to her, then she sets them aside and synthesizes their essences to create her own expression.
Danna is a draftsman at Site Works and a major UK Football and Basketball fan. Her son and his family live in Tennessee and her daughter and granddaughter live in Paducah. You can best enjoy and experience her warm and friendly art in person. Come into PAPA anytime Tuesday – Saturday from 11-3PM. You’ll find her special show to your left as you come in, on the wall next to our desk. See you there!