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Artist Dana Ellyn expresses her passion for veganism through art

In 2012 artist Dana Ellyn took a gamble, leaving the corporate world, and becoming a fulltime painter. This vision and bold character is present in her work, which forces the viewer to question the way society views animals. She describes her work as a combination of social realism and expressionism – though admits a focus on technique during her younger years has given way to infusing more emotion into her paintings.

The artist sat down with Vegan Life to talk about her art background – as well as her lifelong love of animals.

Growing up, did you always want to be an artist?

I have always loved the process of creating things. My youngest childhood memories are all art and craft related. At six or seven years old I fondly remember sitting on the floor in the hallway with my wooden building blocks creating and recreating the same structure – an early sign of my attention to detail and slightly OCD tendencies. I spent countless hours alone in our basement with my ‘Fashion Plates’, ‘Light Bright’ and ‘Creepy Crawlers Bug Maker’…toys that produced an image, a product, something to show for the time I spent playing with them. And, of course, I did plenty of drawing.

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The vegan momentum keeps building. We have seen a huge increase in our numbers over the last few years, and now there are more and more plant-based projects hitting the mainstream consciousness. One of the most exciting is film Carnage by comedian Simon Amstell released earlier this spring. This excellent mockumentary (which is available on BBC iPlayer) has won acclaim from vegans and carnists alike. It is witty, intelligent and acerbic, being both informative and entertaining while never venturing into the dreaded ‘preachy’ territory. Our roving journalist (and vegan pioneer in her own right) Louise Wallis attended a special press screening with Mr Amstell himself. Her report makes for fascinating reading. Also highly visible in the mainstream are Go Vegan World posters and campaign materials. Many of you have spotted (and snapped) these images on billboards, bus shelters, newspapers and even taxis, but the biggest spot of all was at a huge international rugby match. We sat down with Go Vegan World founder Sandra Higgins to discuss how her work is changing hearts and minds. We had a very special guest come to Vegan Life HQ for a photoshoot – and you can see the results on the cover of this issue. World class athlete and vegan activist Timothy Shieff is an inspiring figure for so many in the community, so it was a privilege to chat with him for a special feature profile. There’s lots of evidence to show that more consumers (vegan and otherwise) are starting to embrace plant-based products – especially dairy alternatives like soya and almond milk. This seems to have hit a nerve with some in the dairy industry who are starting to hit back, with the National Farmers’ Union calling campaigns like the ones by Go Vegan World ‘disheartening’ for dairy farmers. We decided to dig deep into this growing tension between the dairy industry and vegans to bring you an in-depth feature. Have a great month.