Dena Tollefson (nee Dena Schaefer), born 1965, is a full-time, professional artist.
Tollefson is represented in galleries nationally in New Mexico, California, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois.
Her “Daubism” body of work is a unique process she developed, where “daubs” of individually mixed paint are applied with a palette knife. The largest marks are applied with a serving spoon, allowing ridges of paint which catch the light and appear to dance and scintillate as the viewer moves past the painting. Tollefson’s work focuses on botanicals, ponds, skies, and her Corn Series of work, biographies where people are depicted as ears of corn. Her work is highly tactile.
Tollefson graduated from Iowa State University in 1988 and lived in Dallas Texas before returning to Iowa in 1991 where she developed her unique, highly textured painting style. She lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with her husband and family.
Adelman Fine Art is pleased to represent Dena Tollefson and share her talent with collectors worldwide.
“I am a Colorist and am known for contemporary realism focusing on botanicals and landscapes, especially ponds, flowers and skies. My sky paintings are my idea of how God created Earth with one breath. Every morning and every evening He creates a new sky for us.
I employ vigorous brushwork and texture through the palette knife in my work so that people may experience along with me the “feel” of the painting. I find mosaics fascinating how the individual pieces all contribute to the whole. I want my paintings to have a similar idea where overlapping petals of paint all stand on their own and then contribute to the total in a experience somewhere between sculpture and paint.
My work known as “Daubism” is created using a palette knife where each stroke of color is isolated from the others. Most paintings will have hundreds of different colors, these colors are all individually hand-mixed from a limited set of colors creating unique colors which relate to one another. I am striving for a sensual, tactile surface in paint.
I am always excited when someone connects with my artwork. I am delighted to share a vision of color and beauty with my collectors” ~ Dena TollefsonVisit Artist's Page