DENA WHITENER, Artist
Dena, and her husband Jim, moved to Fairfield Glade in May of 2009. After growing up in the Chicago area, Dena and Jim lived numerous places. Before moving back to Tennessee they lived in Marietta, Georgia.
Dena studied art at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, the instituto Allende in San Miguel, Mexico and completed her BFA degree at Memphis University. Her career was in the graphic arts but she always continued her passion of drawing.
Her work is realistic, still life drawings done in 100% colored pencil. These detailed drawings are done from life. Dena wants her drawings to increase awareness of the beauty in common things, even the discards, around us all. She finds colored pencils to be the perfect medium for this detailed work.
In 1996 Dena achieved Signature Membership status in the Colored Pencil Society of America. Her work is published in three of The Best of Colored Pencil books, the Colored Pencil Society of AmericaSignature Showcase book, and most recently was included in Ann Kullber's book CP Treasures.