Dena has lived in Calgary since 1995 – the year she began her education at the Alberta College of Art & Design. She graduated with a BFA and Visual Communications Degree in 1999 and then began her freelance career as an Illustrator. Years later, she began looking for ways to give life to the characters and narratives from her sketchbook in a three dimensional form. This is when she discovered, and fell in love with, the art of needle felting using raw wool and a variety of other materials to translate her ideas through sculptures and dioramas.
In the creation of her artwork Dena first develops the character, narrative and environment in her sketchbook. These drawings then evolve through the form of needle felted sculptures and dioramas. She incorporates raw wool, wire, wood, feathers and other found objects. Dena's pieces hover somewhere between a childhood fantasy and an adult's reality; merging the beauty of nature with irony and satire.
Dena resides in Calgary with her husband and two children. She enjoys sharing her knowledge at ACAD where she is an Instructor.
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