Born 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 for her paintings and drawings. She 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.
My love of animals and the quiet, spiritual side of nature are reasons why I feel compelled to paint or illustrate these beautiful subjects. Motifs that recur often in my art work are those of colorful tropical birds and fish, elephants, zebras, koalas, pandas, puffin sea birds and other wildlife.
I enjoy capturing the whimsical nature and free spirit of animals that are my subjects and in no way do I intend to paint every feather or piece of fur. Instead, I create my own personal interpretation of what I see and feel through imagination, color, expression and placement of the subject throughout my work.
Exotic birds, tropical fish, sensual florals, the elegant female form and other wildlife are subjects that find their way into my imagination and finally into my art work. I capture my subjects with graceful fluid lines, unifying decoration and aesthetics. My artistic expression blends curvilinear stylization with traditional realism as seen in the delicately detailed, ethereal Art Nouveau paintings.
My art work is characterized by visually appealing themes that create a sense of fascination and intrigue. The design process is established by my particular use of interesting shapes, spatial relationships, color placement and unusual perspectives. In a lot of my art, I paint parts of my subjects floating outside of the picture plane, which I feel, gives the painting more movement and flow.
Techniques developed over the years have led me to become versatile in my use of mediums. Though I paint primarily in watercolor and gouache (opaque watercolor), other mediums I use include oil, pen & ink, colored pencil, and graphite. I constantly challenge myself to promote artistic growth and to keep my ideas fresh and interesting. The painting process is so personally rewarding as it allows me to imaginatively interweave fantasy and reality throughout the design as I strive to visually translate a small part of nature's perfection.
Amazing progress from student to disciplined artist. Dee's work shows a strong sense of form and accuracy of line. A promising artist. Barclay Sheaks; Associate Professor of Art at Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, Virginia. He was my most inspirational art professor. I dedicate my love of creating art to him. Barclay passed away on April 13, 2010.
Dee Van Houten's art is a testimony of her insight into the art of expression, as seen with her use of color, form, and subject. Her fish swim through a myriad of muted, watery colors, her birds sing with the joy of life, and her dancers are powerful and extend the boundaries of perception. Dee has been expressing herself through a variety of mediums on a 2D surface for over 30 years, and she is a master of interpretation. Maureen O'Brien, Art Teacher, Toronto Canada
Dee offers lovely Art Nouveau style giclee prints and enchanting animal art. She works from her studio in Fauquier County, Virginia creating original fine art, limited editions, giclee prints and whimsical Christmas / All Occasion greeting cards. She also accepts art commissions.
With over 20 years experience as a traditional fine art painter, designer and illustrator, I feel I can offer anyone from collector’s to people who love art, beautiful, detailed work that is high quality and affordable. I don’t believe in buying art just to blend in or, "go with" something.
Your purchase is a very personal one and should be chosen with what ’feels’ good to you based on colors and subjects that you truly connect with. Buying a painting or print of my art is not only an investment, but a work of art that you will most likely live with for many years to come; therefore, you should be very happy with your purchase!