Photo credit:  Julie Wedewer 

Photo credit: Julie Wedewer 

Dara Troshane - DVORA

I'm Dara Troshane- most people call me DVORA. I'm a mixed-media artist from New York and I LOVE what I do! I inspire and make people happy by creating really colorful art that shines from my heart! I LOVE incorporating words, mantras, inspirational sayings and LOTS of COLOR into my artwork. My heart knows this is true: Art transforms & Art heals. If ya don't trust me then I dare you to stick a paintbrush in a big jar of paint and explore! Watch what happens! I told ya!

SOULSHINE is my studio. It is one of the places I create in (there are many :) ) and it is also a walk in studio space offering almost everything creative.

I come from a family of artists. When I was a little girl, I would sit at the coffee table with my mom and she would teach me how to draw. Little did she know the seeds that were being planted would one day lead me to follow my passion for art and open a studio of my own.

My goal is to spread happiness and inspiration through my love of art by teaching both children and adults in all different art mediums. Workshops and Classes at the studio are offered in a supportive environment full of creativity and inspiration. Paint, glass, wood, paper, clay, markers, words and embellishments fill the studios’ shelves at all times as well as happiness and creative energy… and really great music.  

10 years ago I combined my lifelong love for art with my drive to do good and I decided to sit on the founding board as the Art Director of a not-for-profit benefitting children’s hospitals. Through Discover The Smile I have custom designed and created children’s art galleries, where sick children can display their artwork, for many New York hospitals including Schneider’s, North Shore- LIJ, Good Samaritan’s and NYU Medical Center. I also currently serve on the board of The Gratitude House and Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington. More awesome trips to do good are in the making including bring your heART to Mexico (I will provide a space for kids to create art for a week long program) Art Mission to El Salvador (bringing art experiences to the children of El Salvador)... and so much more... Stay tuned!

I live in Port Washington & Southampton, New York

 ....and I LOVE my 2 doggies Ellie & Lola (BIG LOVE for them), cooking delicious food, dancing (free-style, salsa, bachata- you name it, I got the moves ;) ),  awesome music, smart people, warm people, nature (tree-hugger right here- I wasn't born on earth day by accident), wanderlust,  Bon fires, self- help books (good for your mind, heart and soul) and HUGS, Big Love and Community.