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Making art for me is like being on a long creative and spiritual journey. The art process has always been a consuming, stimulating passion in my life. I live to create…it is something that keeps me going every day.
Born in Washington D.C. and raised in the Northern Virginia area, Dee began creating art at a very early age and has never stopped. She was always interested in art and by the time Dee got to high school and then college she was totally immersed in it.
I was lucky to have such wonderful art teachers in my life early on. My college art professor inspired and encouraged me in so many ways which helped me establish myself as an artist and learn about the business of art.
Dee’s fine art classes consisted of a lot of art history, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, illustration, communication design and website design (which has greatly helped me when it came time to design my own art websites and blogs).
When I first started painting I was always intrigued with people’s faces, especially eyes. My love for animals and using them as subjects in my art has always inspired me. And I was strongly influenced by dance at an early age, since I danced (tap and jazz) and performed for many years. This exhilarating feeling of how I felt when I danced was brought across visually in the art I painted or drew at that time, which were theatrical in nature. I have terpsichorean (to dance with delight, a muse of dancing) desires to dance and will always do so!
Several years after college Dee traveled to Europe and experienced art created by the Masters. She visited Paris twice, and was literally mesmerized by the paintings and sculpture seen at the Louvre Museum and the gardens and architecture at the Palace of Versailles. She experienced art in every country visited; Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, London and The Netherlands where she had the utmost pleasure in seeing Vincent Van Gogh's art up close and personal on a visit to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Closer to home in Washington, D.C., on one of her many trips there to see spectacular fine art, Dee visited the Phillips Gallery where she was within inches of her favorite Impressionist, Renoir and his painting, The Boating Party…
I was so overcome with emotion upon seeing his work…it was just too beautiful for words.
Dee has been influenced by the Impressionist artists (Renoir, Degas, Monet, Manet, to name just a few) the Art Nouveau period, notably the artist Alphonse Mucha, the Czech painter, illustrator and graphic artist who lived in Paris during this time. He was best known for his distinctly stylized and decorative theatrical posters.
Creating and seeing art has been like keeping a very personal journal throughout my life. It nourishes my soul like food does for my body. I could not live without it…
Tamara de Lempicka is her favorite painter of the Art Deco style with her stunning, self-expressive sculptural-like paintings, Gustav Klimt, the Austrian symbolist painter and member of the Vienna Art Nouveau (Vienna Secession) movement is another favorite, Salvador Dali and his wonderful surrealistic works (she painted in this style in college) and Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch post-impressionist painter with his bright and colorful landscapes and the use of his expressive and dramatic brushwork.
I create my own personal interpretation in my paintings from what I believe in, using healing colors, expression of form and placement of the subject throughout the piece I’m working on.
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