About DanaDana Verkouteren is an internationally known courtroom artist whose work has appeared on several television networks including CNN, ABC and FOX.
Dana is also renowned for her Maryland caricature sketches and portrait work. A distinguishing pen stroke and knack for capturing an individual's personal vitality, make her one of the most sought after portrait artists.
When not sketching, Dana teaches yoga and is involved in various health and healing practices. Over her long artistic career, Dana has developed keen abilities to discern people's emotions and expressions. Being attuned to subtle facial and body movements, Dana uses her intuition by tuning in and teaches people to reduce stress through awareness of muscle tension and breathing patterns.
"Drawing people and circumstances requires intuition and a clear vision through the mind. Having a daily yoga and meditation practice is very helpful for maintaining a level of awareness. Otherwise there is a tendency to project the inner unconscious into the drawing. This creates "patterned drawing" where everyone has a similar look and stance. The enjoyment of this work is in the "seeing" the wonder and uniqueness of each individual."
Dana's Work in the Media
Daylife (featured work)
In this artist's drawing by Dana Verkouteren, Judge Ellis, left, tells former Democratic Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson, of his thirteen year sentence for bribery, with defense lawyer Robert Trout at U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. , on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009.
Washington Post (featured work)
This artist's rendering shows Zacarias Moussaoui being questioned by defense lawyer Gerald Zerkin.
CBS News (featured work)
Dana Verkouteren's rendering shows Zacarias Moussaoui, left, being questioned by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Spencer, second from right, as David Novak, right, and Federal Judge Leonie Brinkema, second from left, listen, March 27, 2006, in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. (AP Photo/Dana Verkouteren)
This artist rendering shows Attorney Donald Verrilli, right,arguing against the use of a three drug cocktail used to execute inmate before the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, Jan. 7, 2007
NPR — National Public Radio (featured work)
An artist rendering shows U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan arguing a campaign finance reform case before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. At the heart of the case is whether or not corporations should have the same freedom of speech protections that citizens have.
Dana says that the most memorable court case she’s sat in on was NBC Sportscaster Marv Albert’s sexual assault trial, which she describes as “one big surprise after the next.” In that case, Albert was accused of biting a woman, and it was revealed that he sometimes wore women’s underwear...