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 teach art to children and adults, run workshops, art parties, art camp and create magical retreats. I also inspire and make people happy by creating my own 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 one of the places that we hold our art classes, parties, camp and more. We also offer off site events outside the studio.

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, gold leaf, markers, words and embellishments fill the studios’ shelves at all times as well as happiness and creative energy… and really great music.  

Fifteen years ago I combined my lifelong love for art with my drive to do good and became a founding board member and the Art Director of a not-for-profit benefitting children’s hospitals. Through Discover The Smile Foundation, 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 Forward. In 2016, I traveled to the mountains of Chefchaouen, Morocco and organized a free art workshop for children there who had little or no exposure to art. More awesome trips like this are in the making.

So blessed to be be using my passion for wanderlust by organizing inspiring, adventurous, creative and transformational art and wellness retreats for women all over the world including the US, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, France and Greece… just to name a few. I also offer family retreats and workshops for Mother and daughters.

I’m so grateful to be living in a beautiful cottage on the water in Oyster Bay Cove, New York where I have a home studio and host monthly creative spiritual circles.

 ....and I LOVE my 2 doggies Mona & Sadie (BIG LOVE for them and Ellie and Lola always), cooking delicious food, dancing (free-style, salsa, bachata- you name it, I got the moves ;) ),  awesome music, kind and generous humans, 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.