Dana studied at Douglas College and Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, and Victoria College of Art in Victoria. Her diverse background includes formal fine art, interior design, graphic design and photography. Nature has always influenced Dana's life, and her artwork has a reverence for Canada's natural majesty. Drawn to the Pacific Northwest's beauty, she finds inspiration in the rainforest's quiet grandeur. Influenced by the painters of the 1930s, including Canada's own "Group of Seven," Irving's unique style has been described as "Emily Carr meets Dr. Seuss."
Growing up in rural northern British Columbia, she was exposed to hunting, fishing, canoeing and hiking throughout childhood and as a young adult. Her travels and work experience have taken her to the tops of mountains in the Kootenays, frozen prairies in northern Alberta, the Rocky Mountains, and Canada to Ontario and Quebec.