Denna's obsession with flowers and recreating their likeness on canvas began as a little girl. But, like so many artists, Denna was discouraged from pursuing an art career in lieu of something more "sensible". After years working in sales and hating it, she finally quit her job and enrolled at Kendall College of Art and Design. Following her undergraduate studies, she received her Master's of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from Syracuse University with an emphasis in Fashion Illustration, and then taught drawing for two years at Kendall. A few years ago Denna discovered her new favorite canvas: wood. The unique lines and knots in the grain become flowers in her mind. She paints her bold floral visions in a way that complements the woodgrain rather than covering it. The first wood piece Denna created was her own kitchen table, which continues to spark conversation. It is a wonderful experience that she now shares with others by creating custom pieces for their homes. Each one is unique and sealed to protect every brush stroke, ensuring the highest level of quality and imagery. As a certified Holy Fire Reiki Master, Denna infuses her pieces with healing energy, creating a center for positivity and balance. Denna's studio is located in Grand Haven, Michigan where she lives with her husband of 30 years. Her daughter recently moved back to Michigan from Colorado, and her son lives in British Columbia with his wife and Denna's beloved grandson.
Denna's ArtPrize Entries
These are Denna's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Denna's Past Work
These are images of past work that Denna has done.