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8112 Old Exchange Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, USStudio Address

About the Artist Facilitator

Dena was honored to be selected as one of 120 international artists to create hand-painted scenes for the Academy Award-nominated 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’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 copying reality. I want to paint with passion to evoke emotion.”

An award-winning artist, Dena’s paintings have been exhibited in regional, national, and international shows, such as Birds in Art at the Leigh-Yawkey Woodson Museum and national traveling show. 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.

Dena currently teaches at the Bemis School of Art at the Fine Arts Center of Colorado Springs as well as many private workshops around the country and internationally.

“My reason for participating in the MAC is to create a positive experience through my love painting to those military personnel and their families who have served.  It’s my small way of giving back.”

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Level:
Experience Level 1 Beginner
Experience Level 2 Intermediate
Type:
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Group/ Public Group - Open to Community
Group/ Private Group - Military/Veteran Only
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