Denise Kester is a full time studio artist since 1989. She is the owner and distributor of Drawing on the Dream note cards, established 1992. She studied art and education at the University of Georgia and printmaking at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. She is a published author of, “Drawing on the Dream, Finding my way by art”. The book explores Denise’s process and revelations about art and art making with beautiful illustrations and practical guidance.
Denise Kester specializes in monoprint and monotype viscosity printing as well as multi media, drawing, and painting. She teaches a variety of workshops on the creative process including printmaking, bookmaking, surface design, collage and block printing.
She has presented “Awaken Amplify and Sustain your Inner Artist” with Jean Houston’s Seminars and Women of Wisdom conferences of Seattle Washington. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Horace Mann School of New York. She has been exhibiting and selling her original works since 1985. She is a featured artist on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Art Beat.
Denise Kester’s favorite place to teach is in her studio located in a garden setting with the sound of Ashland Creek in her back yard. Animals, birds, and the natural world fill her work with myth and stories. Her work is life affirming and full of magic and possibilities.
Doing art is how I express my love for our world. It is how my dreaming earth soul manifests itself. What I do is a reflection of my heart’s experience making itself visible, and it’s more than that: my art has a story of its own and a life of its own. My art is magical realism. My art is possibility. The art I create, creates me.
From my heart I swear to string together
what is precious to me, to life, to peace.
I will envision and create a world
dedicated to the beauty of the earth – No matter what.
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