K.Dana Nelson (Kathie) was born in Portland, Maine. As a child she spent her summers on a small island in Casco Bay. Never far from the waters edge, she held a fascination for the sea. As an adult she began sailing with her husband along the entire coast of Maine. The challenges and sometimes dangers from these experiences are evident in much of her work. She particularly likes to paint harbors, fishing boats and sailboats, as well as the surf, rocks, and the variety of structures along the shore. Over the years she studied with about a dozen watercolor teachers, and eventually started teaching others in Yarmouth. She turned to oil about twenty years ago. She has exhibited in dozens of group shows with three art leagues, has had a two person show at Bowdoin College, and several solo shows at the Fore Street Gallery, Portland. She was invited to be the visiting artist for one week on Spring Island, South Carolina in 2003.