About Alma Dankoff
I always knew I was an artist. As a child,I was always drawing and doodling. My father worked in the lithography business so he always brought home lots of paper that I could use. Mostly what I drew were faces and fashion models. I studied at the School of Visual arts and The Art Student’s League, in New York and at the University of Cincinnati School of Art. I moved to New Mexico in the lates 70's with my husband and two young children. I was awestruck by the beauty, light and especially the sky here. I learned how to make cloisonnée and gold and silver jewelry which I sold in galleries in Santa Fe and around the country.
In 2002, I began studying drawing and oil painting with mostly teachers from Santa Fe and Taos. They have all been inspiring and am very grateful for everything I have learned from them.. I discovered that I have a gift for portraiture and that has been a real impetus for my continuous study and my work. I also love romantic and beautiful still life paintings especially from the 17th century Dutch painters who have also inspired me to paint small intimate paintings.
My Asian inspired paintings are abstract representations of Buddhist images. I use acrylic paint as well as oil. Some are embellished with fabric, semi-precious stones and jewelry.
Shows that Alma has participated in:
• Taos Society of Portrait Artist's Show at the Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM 2004
• The Best and Brightest Show, Scottsdale Artist's School, 2005
• Salon International Show at the Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX, 2005
• Santa Fe Society of Artists shows, 2006
• Solo exhibition at The Tea House Restaurant, Santa Fe, NM 2008
• Daily Painters New Mexico 2009
• Solo exhibition at Real Food Nation, Santa Fe, NM 2010
• Facing the Muse, 3rd Place Award at The New Mexico Art League, Albuquerque, NM 2011
• Portrait Society of America
• New Mexico Art League