Dee Van Houten
My artistic process is established by my particular use of interesting shapes, spatial relationships, color placement and unusual perspectives. The healing colors seen in nature play a significant role in the creation of my spiritual art. Purple, green and various shades of these colors connect me deeply to my spiritually, an important part of my creative process. I use colors that are spiritually inspired and create a sense of healing. The viewers experience should be able to feel the colors deep within their emotions and perhaps relate to them in a personal way.
My spiritual art captures from my imagination a celestial being surrounded by other forms of nature such as butterflies, flowers, greenery and dragonflies to name a few. The face is usually hidden to create a sense of enigma and sometimes I’ll use spiritual symbols.
love of animals and the quiet, spiritual side of nature are reasons why
I feel compelled to use them in my paintings as well.
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. This makes me want to paint works of art that people will relate to on an emotional level. A very deep part of my spirit weaves itself throughout all aspects of my life. I create my own personal interpretation in my paintings from what I believe in, using healing and spiritual colors, expression of form and placement of the subject throughout my artwork.
My artistic expression blends curvilinear stylization with traditional realism that captures my subjects with graceful fluid lines, unifying decoration and aesthetics.
My artwork is characterized by visually appealing themes that create a sense of fascination, whimsy and intrigue. Techniques developed over the years have led me to become versatile in my use of mediums. In my spiritual art paintings I use archival ink and acrylic ink. Other mediums I use are gouache (opaque watercolor), color pencils, watercolor and acrylics.
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.
Dee 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.
I have created many different genres on my artistic journey through the years. I have
Traditional Painter, Illustrator
Web/Blog Content Writer
Greeting Card Illustrator/Designer
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
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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