The VoiceCatcher Art Gallery
Curated by April Bullard
This series showcases the work of VoiceCatcher6 artists. Each artist shares her work, her sources of inspiration, the “why and how” of what she does and a challenge to use her work as a springboard for your own. We hope it will prompt a lively dialogue among authors and artists that will expand creative possibilities for everyone.
About the artist
Denise Hrouda graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in psychology. She also holds minors in biology and chemistry, as well as a teaching certificate. “Currently,” Denise reports, “I am working part-time at PetSmart while nurturing my artistic talents. I enjoy journaling, eating dessert, and spending time in nature.”
About the work
“My art work brings me closer to myself, helping me to understand more about who I am. I also often paint what I perceive in my surroundings.”
Shedding Old Skin” can be viewed as an abstract representation of processes occurring within me. The painting inherently portrays prior experiences traveling abroad and at home. To me, the painting is overall a strong reminder of the distinctiveness of my path, my “Way.”
“Rolling the Die.Deuce” is a reflective piece, most importantly highlighting the necessity of “being” in life – along with self-acknowledgement – in order to move forward into a brighter future. Within the painting you’ll see an upward ramp, yet the bird itself is at a stand-still.
“50% Opened-Gateway” signifies a loss of willpower, as the painting is an outline of a human with a hurt shoulder. Smaller attributes include the opening to the throat chakra, a tiny tree near the ear, as well as a magenta-colored bird. The symbols indicate my current growth process.
What’s next for Denise
Right now, I am mainly focusing on painting as often as possible, allowing my art work free reign so it may flourish. I plan to offer more individual art pieces for sale at smaller venues, such as coffee shops, as I’ve had success with that in the past. In addition, I’ve been creating illustrations, paintings and writing, with an intent to connect and expand the three modes of art into a larger work.
The Artist’s Challenge
Using one of the titles of Denise’s paintings – “Shedding Old Skin,” “Roll the Die. Deuce,” “50% Opened-Gateway” – let your imagination fly where her images and insights take you. Find your own personal experiences in her vibrant abstractions and express it in either poetry or prose. Share your creation here.