Dee Van Houten
Making art is a spiritual journey for me and has always been a consuming creative passion in my life. It is similar to a form of meditation, filled with serenity and peace blended with awe-inspiring colors that delight my vision which make me want to paint a work of art that people will relate to emotionally.
I am a very independent artist (trained in fine art, graphic design, web design, illustration), a "terpsichorean" and most passionate about my art, which is a very deep part of my spirit that weaves itself throughout all aspects of my life.
love of animals and the quiet, spiritual side of nature are reasons why
I feel compelled to paint or illustrate these beautiful subjects. Motifs
that recur often in my art work are those of colorful tropical birds,
tropical fish, exotic wildlife, and puffin sea birds.
enjoy capturing the whimsical nature and free spirit of my animal subjects and in no way intend to paint every feather or piece
of fur. Instead, I create my own personal interpretation of what I see
and feel through imagination, color, expression and placement of the
subject throughout my art work.
birds, tropical fish, sensual floral's,
and the elegant female form are subjects that find their way into my imagination and finally into my art work.
I capture my subjects with graceful fluid lines, unifying decoration
My artistic expression blends curvilinear stylization with traditional realism, as seen in the delicately detailed, ethereal Art
Nouveau paintings. (stylized designs are simple depictions of reality, presenting an identifiable image such as a flower, but in a sort of visual shorthand that provides essential cues, although not enough to be seen as a true-to-life, individualized portrait).
My art work is characterized by visually appealing themes that create a sense
of fascination and intrigue. The design process is established by my
particular use of interesting shapes, spatial relationships, color placement
and unusual perspectives.
a lot of my art, I paint parts of my subjects floating outside of the
picture plane, which I feel, gives the painting more movement and flow.
Techniques developed over the years have led me to become versatile in my use of mediums. Though I paint primarily in gouache (opaque watercolor) and glass paint to simulate the look of stained glass, which is quite labor-intensive, other mediums I use include acrylic, oil, watercolor, colored pencil and graphite.
Alawi (Heavenly Celestial)
Stained glass painting (transparent paint on glass) with Swarovski
crystal rhinestones added.
I have recently been designing jewelry using PMC (precious metal clay) polymer clay, sterling silver and/or copper components and crystal beads/gemstones. I thoroughly enjoy working in these two different mediums as they challenge me and keep me engaged while creating something new.
Ziazin (means rainbow)
Handmade pendant - rainbow quartz crystal wire wrapped in sterling
silver with two sterling silver stars and moon charm that has Swarovski
rhinestones added. The necklace is also sterling silver.
constantly challenge myself to promote artistic growth and to keep my
ideas fresh and interesting. The painting process is so personally rewarding because it allows me to imaginatively interweave fantasy and reality throughout
the design, as I strive to visually translate a small part of natures
in Washington D.C. and raised in the Northern Virginia area, artist Dee
Van Houten has had individual exhibitions and works accepted in many
juried art competitions, winning numerous awards and honors for her paintings and drawings.
She was included in American Artist of Renown, an honor
accorded contemporary American artists for the exceptional quality
and professionalism of their work. Her art is represented in public and
private collections in the United States and Canada.
Traditional Illustrator, Painter
Greeting Card Illustrator/Designer
Stained Glass Painter
Tattoo Art Designer
Web/Blog Content Writer
Bachelor of Arts; Major: Fine Art
Dual Certification in Web and Digital Design; Specializations: Web Design, Digital Imaging
A.A.S., Magna Cum Laude: Visual Communication; Specializations: Graphic Design, Illustration, Digital Art
Other Relevant Art Experience:
Business owner, creative director of retail fine art studio/gallery
Planned, organized and managed a custom frame design service
Developed, entered and installed numerous fine art exhibitions
Art retail management, inventory control, sales, client job tracking
Surface design artist for decorative home furnishings industry
Designed the 2006 Mardi Gras poster, themed, 'Noah's Ark'
Surface Design Work:
Developed concepts from client specifications
Prepared layouts, rough comps, color samples
Created intricate full color illustrations (by hand) for tablecloths, placemats, greeting cards, wallpaper, fabric, gift wrap, gift bags, all home decor products
Worked in corporate environment as a graphic designer for five years
Awards and Honors
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