Danika Ostrowski

My love for public land and my love for painting are closely intertwined. I grew up visiting National Parks almost every summer with my family, while pursuing an interest in the arts. Eventually, these two interests merged and I began painting the vibrant colors and wide open spaces of American National Parks in the West.

When I visit a new park, I like to take time to soak in what makes it unique. The history, the geology, most importantly the color and form of the landscape. I sketch, paint, and photograph, ultimately referencing these materials as well as my memory and experience to complete my paintings. Using sophisticated and exaggerated color schemes allows me to reflect a modern take of each region’s unique character, culture and visual aesthetic. 

I hope to continue the tradition of artists using their skills to share the importance of preserving and caring for public land. My interest has expanded from National Parks of the west to any public land preserved for it’s beauty. When I paint, I paint with an intention to spread awareness of these beautiful places and share the delight of the human-nature connection. My work is designed to inspire the viewer to visit their public lands and spark memories of joy and connectedness in those who already share my love for these beautiful places.

Danika paints landscapes en-plein-air and creates in-studio work based on photographs, sketches and memories. She currently lives and works in Austin, Texas creating commissioned paintings and developing her own series of work which she exhibits throughout the country. Danika is a dedicated advocate for the preservation of public lands. She uses her platform as an artist to fundraise for the National Parks Foundation and spread awareness of conservation efforts. Danika has been featured as top emerging talent by Western Art Collector and Southwest Art.