Why Small Businesses Matter in Bethel: Dana Marie Portraits

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Dana Marie Portraits LLC!

Three questions with Dana Benz, owner of Dana Marie Portraits LLC.

Why did you start your business?

 I am a 30-year-old business owner and artist from Bethel, Connecticut. I draw hyper-realistic portraits with graphite and colored pencils. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to draw. Time just melts away when my pencil hits the paper. As a child, I was always looking at pictures in coloring books and drawing them freehand. In high-school, at fifteen years old, I had discovered my true love - portrait drawing. My goal is to provide a product as well as a service for the community and beyond. I use my client's treasured and priceless photographs and turn them into artwork for generations to enjoy. These make a perfect gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Holidays, Birthdays, Graduation, etc.

Finish this sentence in regard to your business. “I wish I could…”

I wish I could provide the service to many, many people in our community and surrounding areas. I would love to give families and friends priceless, hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind artwork that would be incredibly meaningful to them. I draw portraits of your human loved ones and fur-babies as well.  I also would love to commemorate those who have passed away to keep their memory more alive. 

What is your best selling product/service?

My best sellers are pastel or colored pencil portraits. A lot of parents love for me to draw their beautiful children in bright, vibrant colors. I love capturing their unique expressions, personalities, innocence, wonder and beauty. 

Visit Dana Marie Portraits online here.

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!