I am a Professional Fine Artist specializing in Pet Portraiture. Painting for over 50 years now, I’ve had the great honor to receive numerous awards and recognition. In 2011, I was inducted into Massapequa High School’s Hall of Fame for my art career and community service. In 2013, I was named woman of the year from both the Town of Oyster Bay and Nassau County. I ‘ve been chosen for 8 covers on the award-winning magazine Dan’s Papers. My art career has taken me to places I had not even imagined going. Martha Stewart has showcased my Shelter Dog & Cat paintings on her web site and Ellen DeGeneres featured my work of art “Ellen Squared” on her show. Through my art I’ve also had the great opportunity to begin my volunteer work with Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). I had heard about CCI through an acquaintance. Becoming fascinated with the great work the organization does for people with disabilities, I felt that it was a good fit for my volunteering and community service. After going on a guided tour and attending a graduation, I was completely hooked!! I felt comfortable with not only the dogs but, the volunteers, puppy raisers and graduate teams. Most “dog” people become interested in CCI and later find out that the dogs are secondary…it’s the people that bring the most joy and delight to our lives. To witness a child, adult or veteran receiving a highly trained assistance dog from CCI is one of the most rewarding and heartwarming things I’ve ever encountered. Shortly after attending the graduation, I decided to paint a large work of art…an oil on canvas measuring 60”x48” …for the Northeast Regional Training Center also know as The Miller Family Campus located in Medford, NY. I named the painting “Friend’s For Life” (see photo attached). I donated it to the center in the fall of 2009 for their annual Hearts & Heroes Event. During the event, it was auctioned off and the winner then donated it back to the center where it hangs prominently in the entrance hall to the training rooms and Program area. I’ve since served as President of the Long Island Chapter for a two-year term and was elected to the NER Board of Directors in 2011 where I still serve. I’ve Puppy Raised twice for CCI. I have also Chaired two Wag ‘N Wheel Events and two DogFest Walk ‘N Roll Events. In addition, I’ve served on the Hearts & Heroes Committee and the Veteran’s Day Ceremony for four years now. For the past two years I secured a booth at the International Auto Show in NYC where we spent 10 days bringing awareness to CCI and our Mission of providing our life changing dogs to people with disabilities. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve always viewed my life as an evolutionary process. It morphs and changes with the people, animals and everyday “things” that come my way. My passion for my art a well as Canine Companions continues to grow. I look forward to the next chapter!!! ~ by Yvonne Dagger
Yvonne Dagger’s works are defined by poignant details and everyday objects that at first glance appear to be inconsequential. A black and white painting that transports you back in time is turned on its head by a one single dot of color. Tiny boxes, which on their own are meaningless, are brought together to create a larger story. A simple pair of running shoes is elevated to a work of art. Dagger’s works demonstrate how the smallest elements and most banal things, often at first ignored; can have a larger and unexpected impact on how we view life.
A Long Island native, Yvonne has always been driven by her own undeniable creativity and insatiable curiosity. However, it wasn’t until after her children were raised that she decided to follow her life long dream of becoming a professional artist. While pursuing her degree in Fine Arts at Hofstra University, she rediscovered her passion for painting. Shortly thereafter she had her first solo show and later that year won the prestigious Art of the Northeast—Prudential Wheeler Award.
Yvonne’s oil and acrylic paintings and drawings can be found in many personal collections nationally. She has shown in numerous venues all over the northeast including: Hecksher Museum in Huntington, NY; Nadejda Gallery in Newport, Rhode Island; Michael Perez Gallery in Great Neck, NY; Silvermine Museum in New Canaan, CT; Guild Hall Gallery in East Hampton, NY; Chrysalis Gallery in Southhampton, NY; The Pen and Brush Gallery in NYC and The Blue Door Gallery, Riverhead, Fitzgerald Gallery, West Hampton Beach and Think Long Island First Gallery in Oyster Bay, NY.
Yvonne’s success in the art world has helped her gain local and national exposure. “Hope” an oil on canvas painting was showcased on a CD-ROM used for The Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Center on Long Island. “Ellen Squared,” a multi-media work was featured on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”. Dagger’s painting “Gridlocked” was shown and used for a children’s activity book at Hecksher Museum in Huntington, NY. In addition, “Scion tC,” an acrylic on canvas piece can be seen hanging in Toyota Headquarters in Torrence, California. To add to Yvonne’s success, Dan’s Papers has used Dagger’s paintings for eight of their covers: December 2007, March 2008, October 2008, September 2009 and September 2010, November 2011, February 2014 & July 2014. Dagger was voted Best Long Island Artist / Gold 2012, 2013 , 2014 & 2015 by Dan’s Papers. In addition, The Long Island Press voted her best Artist for 2013. Currently, Martha Stewart is showcasing Yvonne’s Shelter Pet Paintings on her Pet Program Web site: http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/shelter-pet-paintings
Marion Woldberg Weiss writes, “Dagger’s empathy, no matter what the subject matter may be, is essential to her work and worldview…her interest in shelter animals, particularly, goes way beyond the painting process.”
Inducted into the Massapequa Hall of Fame in 2011 for her Artistic & Community achievements,
Yvonne continues to follow her passions every day. In addition to her passion for the arts, Yvonne has been a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence, the Chairperson for their Signature DogFest and is a member of their Northeast Regional Board of Directors. Yvonne was named “Woman of the Year 2013” by the Town of Oyster Bay and by Nassau County, respectively.
Dagger is currently showing her paintings & Glass Works at Fitzgerald Gallery, W.Hampton Beach, Kennedy Gallery, Cape Cod, MA, LI Picture Frame & Galley, Oyster Bay & Thistle and That, Babylon, NY