After Receiving an AA degree from Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor Mi, in 1978, Dara moved to Monterey Peninsula College. For two years, she studied art there becoming passionate about figure drawing and submerging herself in pottery. From Monterey California Dara moved to Mt Shasta, California and attended College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California for one year. Her focus there was printmaking and photography. After that, while pursuing a Bachelor's in Art at Chico State University in Chico, California, Dara spent most of her creative time learning sculpture techniques and exploring the figure in a various materials. Eventually, sculpture became her emphasis, and she continued to sculpt the figure after being accepted into Humboldt State University. Dara received her master's in Art in 1989. After graduating, Dara worked professionally, as a sculptor, with cement and steel, wood and clay, creating indoor and outdoor figurative sculptures for a total of fifteen years.
In 2010 Dara transitioned and began developing a series of paintings first in pastel then in oil and then acrylics. Also, when her medium changed, so did her muse. Today, Dara conveys her impressions of nature on quality canvases, and her subjects include horses and other animals. Also, included in her portfolio are colorful abstracts that are just about color, shapes and textures.