Artist Bio

DJ Stenson resides in Torrington, Connecticut. She is an expressionist painter and mixed media collage artist who works in acrylics, oil and cold wax, and alcohol ink. She is also a jewelry designer who incorporates her artwork into unique pendants, earrings and bracelets. Her inspiration comes from the natural environment and literature. She is a member of the Northwest Arts Council, the Milford Arts Council. The Torrington Collective chose her as artist of the week in June 2020. In February 2020 she received Second Place in Painting from Art Life Culture's exhibit in Harwinton, Connecticut. She was the recipient of the Milford Arts Council People's Choice Award in July 2020. She is currently exhibiting artwork in local venues and in online exhibits. Her jewelry designs are available in her online store. 

Artist Statement

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I enjoy exploring the process of creating a painting. The vibrant color and texture of acrylics on paper suits my expressionist style. I often work intuitively applying paint with a pallet knife, brush or other tool. I blend and soften edges with a brush or rag or remove paint with medium or water to create negative space, depth or interest. I fluctuate between bold, gestural, impasto marks, and soft, blended areas, always with an attention to color. It is my intention to provide viewers with visceral spaces in which to get lost. Lately, I've been exploring the meditative quality of texture combined with a limited palette.

Some of my recent work has been in mixed media. I often use collage paper I have created, in combination with graphite and acrylic paint on paper. I am working directly on cradled birch panel or mounting them, afterward. These abstract landscapes and seascapes are full of texture and color, and intuitively created. I'm especially enjoying the multi-step process.

 

The jewelry I design is mostly created with alcohol ink. Whether combined with clay or on yupo paper, the unpredictable, vibrant flow of this beautiful medium is unlike anything else. I can choose just the right part of a painting to capture a floral-esque uniqueness in a mini work of art to wear, or form a tiny treasure out of clay. The abstract quality of these designs means no two pieces are exactly the same. 

I have always had a profound connection with the sublime feeling nature inspires, and the cathartic effect of a walk in the forest or a day by the sea. As a painter and designer, my creativity is continually sparked by my deep respect for nature, and my travel experiences. As an avid reader, settings in literature that reflect a theme inspire my work continually, as well. 

I hope my artwork will be reminiscent of a feeling, time or place, and observers will be intrigued as they find a connection.

Artist's CV

Exhibitions:

Artist of the Month Solo Exhibit

Jerram Winery

New Hartford, CT

July 2022

UN+ART 5

Hartford Art Space

Hartford, CT

June 23 - July 3, 2022

 

Featured Artist

Junior League of Hartford

Designer Show House

West Hartford, CT

June 3 - June 26, 2022

Artist of the Month Solo Exhibit 

Lost Acres Vineyard

North Granby, CT

April 2022

MAC Member Exhibit

Milford, CT

February 10 - March 11, 2022

Global Garden

Online Exhibit

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut

December 3, 2021 -

 

Lifting Restrictions

Juried Exhibition

The Milford Arts Council

Milford, CT 

October 7 - November 12, 2021

ArtSpace Maynard

UFO Gallery

Maynard, MA

Arctic Moon Guitar

July 13, 2021 - September 25, 2021

 

Dreams

Online Exhibit Featuring 67 Artists

from 12 Countries

Personaland

July 2 - September 2, 2021

www.personaland.com

EcoScapes: What is Your Vision of Nature?

Online Exhibit Featuring 100 Artists

from 19 Countries

Personaland

April 2 - June 3, 2021

www.personaland.com

 

Home

Members Virtual Exhibit

Milford Arts Council

Milford, CT

January 21 - March 18, 2021

 

The Story of Women

Live and Virtual

Milford Arts Council

Milford, CT

October 15 - November 19, 2020

 

Art in the Windows

Northwest Connecticut Arts Council

Downtown Torrington, CT

July 2020 - Present

 

Color Exhibit: Red

Virtual Exhibit

Milford Arts Council

Milford CT

June 11 - July 31, 2020

People's Choice Winner for "Red Boat" 

ART in PLACE (Self-isolation)

Virtual Exhibition

Standard Space Gallery

Sharon, CT

May - June, 2020

 

Resiliency

Virtual Multimedia Gallery

Northwest Connecticut Arts Council

May 22, 2020

 

Art Life Culture

Art Show and Contest

Harwinton, CT

Second Place in Painting for "Break"

January 25, 2020 - February 28, 2020

Membership Drive Cover Art - 2020

Northwest Connecticut Arts Council

Torrington, CT

https://www.artsnwct.org/

2D & 3D: Shape & Color

Farmington Valley Arts Center

Group Juried Show by Paul Baylock

Drezner Gallery

Avon, CT

December 7 2019 - January 18, 2020

Solo Exhibition

Hawk Ridge Winery 

Watertown, CT

December 1 - 29, 2019

Group Juried Show

Gallery 25

New Milford, CT

October 7 - 27, 2019

 

Corralling Cats: Fascinating Felines

Farmington Valley Arts Center

Drezner Gallery

Avon, CT

June 22, 2019 - July 27, 2019

 

Art 2 Unite 2

Artspace 

Hartford, CT

June 22, 2019

https://www.courant.com/ctnow/arts-theater/hc-ctnow-art-art2unite2-hartford-0620-20190618-p6oct37rxfcltjhhbukm6mo3o4-story.html

 

Solo Exhibition

New Perspectives on Main

Gallery on Main

Watertown, CT

April 13, 2019 - May 11, 2019

 

The Five Points Annex 

Holiday Art Sale 

Torrington, CT 

November 29 - December 16, 2018

 

Annual Group Juried Show

The Underground Gallery

Collinsville, CT 

August 17-Sept 2, 2018

Stillness 

 

Kelly’s Crystals 

Torrington, CT 

Artisan 

August 1 - October 1, 2018

 

Solo Exhibition

Jerram Winery 

New Hartford, CT 

May 4-28, 2018

 

Solo Exhibition

The Underground Gallery

Collinsville, CT 

April 6-22, 2018 

 

Place | Memory 

Juried Group Show

Farmington Valley Arts Center

Avon, CT 

"Cosmic Dreamscape"

November 17, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Opening November 17, 2017 5-9 pm

 

Remembering Mother Nature

Solo Exhibition

Miranda Vineyard 

Goshen, CT

Artist of the Month 

November 2017

Opening November 11, 2017 2-4 pm 

 

Open Studios Hartford Group Show

Artspace

Hartford, CT 

"Stone Stairs" 

Open Through November 

Open Studios Weekend November 11-12, 2017

http://openstudiohartford.com/group-show

 

Everywhere in Between

A Group Juried Show by William Kluba

The Underground Gallery 

Collinsville, CT 

August 11, 2017 - September 17, 2017

"Storm"

"Stone Stairs"

Donations: 

"Wandering"

To benefit NWCT Arts Council at their Creative Awards

November 2021

"Shallow Blue"

To benefit LARC at their Nature Event

September 2021

"Distant Valley"

Art 2 Unite 2 a benefit for Hartford charities

June 22, 2019

Art Fairs:

Brewery Legitimus Spring Market

New Hartford, CT

May 7, 2022

 

Spring Fling

Franklin Street, Torrington

April 29, 2022

 

Brewery Legitimus Sip and Shop

New Hartford, CT 

December 5, 2021

LOLA Artisan Fair

Goshen, CT

November 27-28, 2021

 

Northwestern Regional Holiday Fair

Winsted, CT

November 20, 2021

 

Jack-o-lantern Jubilee

Franklin Street

Torrington, CT

October 29, 2021

Litchfield Hills Creative Festival

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council

Franklin Plaza, Torrington, CT

August 14, 2021

11 am - 4 pm

Instructor:

ARC, Autism Resource Center of Litchfield County, Inc.

Summer Fun Events

Creative Art Instructor

July 2022 - Present

Memberships:

Milford Arts Council Member

Milford, CT

January 19, 2021 - Present

https://milfordarts.org/

Northwest Arts Council Member

Torrington, CT

January 2020 - Present

https://www.artsnwct.org/

Education:

Art 2 Life Workshop

Online course by Nicholas Wilton

February 14 - February 18, 2022

Louise Fletcher's Find Your Joy

Taster Course 2021

June 3 - June 10, 2021

 

Louise Fletcher's Find Your Joy

Taster Course 2020

June 15 - June 23, 2020

Northwestern Connecticut Community College

Associates of Science, 1988

Certificate of Graphic Design, 1988

Wamogo Regional High School

Class of 1985

Wesleyan University Center for Creative Youth

Visual Arts

Class of 1983

Awards: 

June 2020

Torrington Collective Artist of the Week

July 2020

Milford Arts Council People's Choice Winner for "Red Boat" 

January 2020

Art Life Culture Second Place in Painting for "Break"

1985

Wamogo Regional High School

Rhode Island School of Design Art Award

1983

Wesleyan University

Center for Creative Youth Scholarship Recipient