Profile: Dena Peterson
"I want to paint with passion to evoke emotion.”
Dena Peterson spent an intensive six months painting eight to ten hours a day in Gdansk, Poland. Chosen as one of only 125 artists out of 5,000 applicants, Peterson worked on the first fully painted feature film, Loving Vincent. The experience was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Peterson, who feels a strong connection to the expressive works of Van Gogh. She writes, "As artists, many of us can relate to Van Gogh's struggles, which is why his life strikes such an emotional chord with us." The film has won multiple international awards in addition to its nomination for an Academy Award.
Peterson's own credentials include signature membership in the American Impressionist Society and the Women Artists of the West and Associate Membership in the Oil Painters of America and Plein Air Artists Colorado. She teaches and has produced an instructional DVD on using the inspiration of Van Gogh in painting. Peterson wrote to us about the development of her art from a childhood fascination of famous paintings to her current mentors, her time working on Loving Vincent and her personal inspirations.
Read more about Dena Peterson's paintings in our in-depth interview.
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