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Wood you rather be a flower?

Denna Arnold

Using a combination of translucent pigment and colored pencil, Denna has illustrated this 88-year-old Michigan native ash tree back into its natural habitat. She uses the natural curves of the wood grain to shape a menagerie of woodland wildlife, including the ash borer beetle who is responsible for digging the channels seen around the edges of the table. More of Denna’s originalfurniture pieces can be found at the Richard App Gallery at 910 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 and on her website at www.contradesigns.com.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 9 feet
  • Medium: Colored Pencil & Pigment on Ash
  • Width: 40 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 30 inches

About Denna Arnold

Denna collaborated with local woodworkers Ed DeNave and Randy Beute to execute her vision for the table. Denna has her MFA in Illustration & Fashion Design from Syracuse University in New York. Ed and Randy are partners in a forward-thinking custom wood shop in Holland, MI called Cento Anni.