Dara grew up in a small rural town in Michigan. Early in life, she was quite and introspective and naturally drawn to the contemplative nature of drawing. Nature is the inspiration and place of departure for her paintings. She paints various subjects from life that reflects moments of places that are special to her. The adjectives used most to describe her art are beautiful, peaceful and tranquil. Here is a quote from one of her collectors: " The painting is wonderful and arrived in perfect shape. We will be enjoying it for many years. Keep seeing the world so imaginatively and letting the rest of us have a glimpse of the vision."