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About Me

Inspired at the Confluence of Creative Expression and Spirituality

I'M dena
aka artistjoyful

Many years ago I had an epiphany that changed my outlook in life from that of a victim to one of an individual empowered by choice. Even though I had suffered plenty of evidence of victimhood throughout childhood and beyond, I knew deep inside somewhere that I was being guided to the highest good. The light bulb moment was when I realized that I could choose how guidance would show up for me. Because it only got more painful when I fought it, I decided to start praying for guidance to show up as joy in my heart, so that I would easily recognize it. It felt joyous even saying it.

I have found since that the more I follow guidance, the more I say yes! to my joyous “intuition,” the more I experience joy in life. For me, creative expression is a most joyous experience; a constantly expanding adventure that I feel compelled to include in my daily life. My mission is “To act as a catalyst for growth and healing by following guidance and being of service." 

I offer here on this website seeds of joy and peace, evidence of years of saying yes to Spirit. I share these works as blessings, each intentionally created in blissful present moments, to the power of joy. May these images catalyze growth and/or healing for you.

My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.


Where do the images come from? Many of my images contain faces or eyes. The reason is simple - everywhere I look, I see faces. I also see an interconnected similarity between the micro and macro worlds, the atoms and the galaxies, interior emotional reality and exterior reality. I am inspired by the peaceful order of that perception.


Following joy, I often play with different mediums. Each new media is informed by previous interactions and techniques. For example, when I started painting with transparent acrylics on canvas, I began by using what I had learned from years of painting watercolor on paper. No matter what the media, the techniques and the esthetic dovetail.

career highlights

• M.A. in Fine Art (Sculpture, actually)
• Numerous exhibits in pop-up shows, galleries, museums, and coffee shops through the years.
• Taught art and creativity at colleges, in private, for arts councils and in schools (K-12)
• Multi creative pursuits include: drawing, painting, sculpture, glass, poetry, singer/songwriter, dancer.

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