About DCTdesigns

First blush

There is possibility inherent

in this blank page

This canvas awaiting touch

Of pen and brush

Colors flush to life

An ancient love awakened

~by DCT

I began this journey as a performance art major, went on to fashion design and have spent the last thirteen years working in the Financial Investment field.

Yes, you heard correctly!

This change of gears has left me subject to the calling of my siren’s song; my intuitive mind longing for self-expression.

Albert Einstein wrote, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

This is homage to the gift.

Welcome to my Creative Canvas!


Most of the illustrations I post are available for purchase in my shop: dctdesigns.etsy.com. Most originals are for sale too, just ask.

All artwork and images on this website unless otherwise indicated are Copyright © Dana C Thomas, DCTdesigns, and may not be copied, distributed, downloaded, modified, reused, reposited, reproduced without written permission and credit. If you are interested in learning how to license one of these images please inquire.

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  8. I too worked in financial services, and if you read my book and posts, you may realise how odd we found each other; the people in that world and me, but still I made good friends among them, and I have them still, so who is to say what lies behind the office suite or dress. Love that you use this place to express your dreams

  9. Thank you for following my blog, otherwise I wouldn’t have found yours! I look forward to perusing your many talents 🙂

  10. Just found your blog…what a pleasure to look and read.
    I really like the last line of your poem ‘An ancient love awakened’ this is a story in itself.
    I will be back for more


  11. Liked your post for the Silence challenge. Reading your “About” can’t resist urging you to stay as close to your heart’s desire as possible. As someone who grew up connected to the arts and left it to be “responsible” in the financial sector, it can be a mistake. It was for me. Whatever is calling to you, listen.

  12. Hello, Dana! Just needed to say thank you for your comment over on Andra’s blog, and for popping over to mine as well! It looks as though you have a fine site here yourself, and, if you don’t mind, I shall be having a little nosy around! OK, a full-on good rummage then!

  13. I love your blog! So much eye candy, so much wit, so much talent … I am both impressed and envious 😉 When I was in high school, I wanted to be a fashion designer but I couldn’t draw a straight or curvy line 😉

    • It took me years to learn to draw and even today I have cheats and short cuts to accomplish it. The croquis is my best friend. It is the tool that helps me bring my ideas to life. Hell today most designers don’t need to draw just communicate a clear design concept and direction.

      I’m so glad you love my blog. It is my passion and sanity. I don’t know what I’d do with my artistic side if I’d nowhere to share it.

      • Definitely. I loved it so because I talked myself out of being a writer when I was younger, only to now chase after that dream….finally at 37. 😉
        I shared your site with a blogger friend of mine who I think has similar interests as she is also in design. Her name is Amy of http://creatricemondial.com

      • I will make sure to check her out and more of your writing as well. I’ve come to learn that adherence to my art is my sanity. Glad to hear you’re chasing it as well.

  14. I stumbled across this – Of course, I’m sure there’s lots of stumbling to be done here — but this poem is beautiful, darling. I read this aloud, and these three lines: This canvas awaiting touch/Of pen and brush/Colors flush to life have such an amazing sound and rhythm. I have a friend who’s doing a sort of music/spoken word collaboration that I might just have to put you in touch with. (oops — with whom I might just have to put you in touch.)

    • Thank you Helena. I had just returned to writing poetry last year. Let’s say it had been a while, high school really, since I wrote poems. But I love the medium and this one spoke to the nature of my blog and avenue of creative release. The muse must be fed after all.

  15. I really love your art, your spirit, everything that you share here! What an awesome website! I’m also a musician/performer (singer), fashion designer and teacher of fashion design, while single mom of three and trying to be home as much as possible with them, someone who’s got all of these different things going on…I love your opening quote and the multifaceted story you tell, and also that you discuss openly about the fashion proportions, curves, and body image in a straightforward way. I’m very inspired here. You’ve built so much. I just started my blog this year, I hope someday it will evolve into something as well-built as this. Keep sharing your spirit and ideas! what a gift.
    Laura V

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