Dena’s small town roots prompted one of her art professors to comment that her work expresses a love of intimate, quiet, and peaceful spaces. She enjoys the richness and texture of painting with oils, both en plein air, and in her Colorado Springs studio.
“For me, painting is not about duplicating reality. I paint with passion to evoke emotion.”
An award-winning artist, Dena’s paintings have been exhibited in regional, national, and international shows, including the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Birds in Art at the Leigh-Yawkey Woodson Museum and national traveling show. Her work hangs in private collections throughout the United States. Public art commissions include The Cherry Tree Heart and Postcards from Loveland, as well as “Open Hearts” for the Loveland First United Methodist Church. She received her training at the Loveland Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Students League of Denver, and the Scottsdale Artists School, where she was selected for the prestigious Wade Fairchild Memorial Scholarship. Her teachers include Kevin MacPherson, Jay Moore, and Kevin Weckbach. She is a signature member of The American Impressionist Society and Women Artists of the West and Associate Member of Oil Painters of America and Plein Air Artists Colorado. She was invited to be a speaker and faculty member of the Plein Air Convention and Expo 2017 in San Diego, CA, sponsored by Eric Rhoads, publisher of Plein-Air Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur.
Dena was honored to be selected as one of 120 international artists out of 5000 applicants for the film, “Loving Vincent”, truly a labor of love and tribute to the life and struggles of Van Gogh as told through his paintings.
“As artists, many of us can relate to Van Gogh’s struggles, which is why his life strikes such an emotional chord with us.”
Dena is represented by Hunter-Wolff Gallery in Colorado Springs. She also enjoys inspiring others through teaching.