LaPlace, LA. (WGNO) – Enter the world of local LaPlace artist Dana Bardell Wallace and you’re entering into the world of a woman who is perhaps better known for her work using a human canvass.
“I’ve been a tattoo artist for over twenty years and I love it. It brought me to every other medium, so it’s a big part of my life,” says Wallace.
Wallace’s design was chosen for this year’s 43rd annual Andouille Festival and the painting not only pays respects to the people, places and pork products that makes LaPlace famous, but also supports breast cancer research and awareness.
“I didn’t know it, but this is one of the most gratifying things that I’ve done in my life,” says Wallace.
Wallace’s mother died of breast cancer five years ago and as a memento to her in addition to breast cancer survivors. You’ll notice a pink ribbon painted on this year’s poster.
Wallace says it’s a poster that’s filled of life, movement and color.
“I grabbed my paintbrush at two o’clock in the morning. By Twelve o’clock I was standing in front of what you see now,” says Wallace.
The poster depicts the rides, food and joy that surrounds the community center each year and it’s that famous andouille that’s right in the center of it all.
“I’ve never missed a festival and I didn’t realize I never missed a festival till I had the opportunity to paint the poster,” says Wallace.