www.DenisePresnell-Weidner.com
Heart of the River
The strong presence of nature visible in my artwork goes all the way back to childhood in Nebraska and has remained a mainstay in my work regardless of my physical location.

Whether an oil painting on Plexiglas, polyester or canvas, a solar etching, a monotype or a pastel — the content of my artwork revolves around reflection and introspection. Sometimes it’s literally water reflections in the form of a monotype or painting. Sometimes it’s a reflective pose of a figure (or figures) in a recognizable space or in an inventive, ambiguous space where the viewer must decide what the story is for themselves. My newest mixed media paintings literally have multiple levels of reflection. The method is oil on Plexiglas mounted over oil pastel on linen matboard. Some of the Plexiglas is left unpainted to reveal the abstract surface below. Those areas literally reflect the outer world while revealing the world beneath the surface of the painting above it. This method of working has seeped into the other mediums I explore, which are oil on canvas and pastel on paper or linen. I find myself creating the illusion of depth via my mark making.
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After a brief break from soft pastels – I have returned with an exploration of technique that has led me to a more abstract imagery. I have been exploring the world of soft pastel artists and have been inspired by those who do things their own way. 

I have always considered myself a “colorist”. Often the change or addition of a color can determine whether a piece is finished. 
Texture, whether tactile or the illusion of texture, is definitely an equal partner with color in what drives an image. I hope my work sparks the viewer’s sense of touch. I’ve always been one to walk a fine line between representation and abstraction and the emphasis on mark making usually determines how abstract the final image will be. 
Home:
Eau Claire, WI
WVA membership status:
Professional
Artform:
Oil on Canvas, Oil on Plexiglas, Pastel on Paper and Linen, Monotypes, Solar Etching, Lithography






Rock & Flow - Revisited

Deconstructing River's Gate I

Deconstructing River's Gate II

Game Changer

Arboretum Revisited


Denise Presnell - International representation and exhibition at Colorida Galleria De Arte, Lisbon Portugal.

Denise Presnell was recently invited to become a represented artist at Art Resources Gallery in Minneapolis, MN.

Denise Presnell's mixed media piece, "Waterscape I" won Third Place in the Mixed Media Category at "Arts in Harmony 2018"

Denise Presnell will have a solo exhibition of her artwork at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

Denise Presnell - Solo Exhibition at Pump House Regional Arts Center, La Crosse, WI.

Denise Presnell has two pieces accepted into the Great Lakes Pastel Society 2018 National Exhibit to be held at the Holland Area Arts Council, Holland, MI.

August 18 - 31, 2018 Reception Saturday, August 18, 2018 7pm
Denise Presnell - International representation and exhibition at Colorida Galleria De Arte, Lisbon Portugal.
more info
Colorda Galeria De Arte
Costa Do Castelo, 63
Lisbon, Portugal, 1100-177
January 23,
Denise Presnell was recently invited to become a represented artist at Art Resources Gallery in Minneapolis, MN.
more info
Art Resources Gallery
275 Market Street, Suite 166
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Denise Presnell's mixed media piece, "Waterscape I" won Third Place in the Mixed Media Category at "Arts in Harmony 2018"
more info
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343
December 6, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Denise Presnell will have a solo exhibition of her artwork at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.
more info
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343
November 7, 2018 - January 8, 2019
Denise Presnell - Solo Exhibition at Pump House Regional Arts Center, La Crosse, WI.
more info
Pump House Regional Arts Center
111 King Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
May 18 - July 7, 2018
Denise Presnell has two pieces accepted into the Great Lakes Pastel Society 2018 National Exhibit to be held at the Holland Area Arts Council, Holland, MI.
more info
Holland Area Arts Council
150 E. 8th Street
Holland, MI 49423

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Wisconsin Art in Chicago
Denise Presnell-Weidner at Pastels Chicago 2013

Denise Presnell-Weidner
In the Oak Park Art League’s national competitive art exhibit