The artist: Dee Hedenland, Grass Valley |

The artist: Dee Hedenland, Grass Valley

Describe in a sentence or two your art: The essence of my art is portrayed through my vivid images and color that reflect my zest for life.

How long have you been working in this discipline? For over 20 years. I love the intense strokes of watercolor and the free brush strokes of acrylics.

Why do you do it? Art is my passion. And when you the viewer, whom I am indebted to, receives the surrender of my creative soul in my work, this is why I paint.

What do you hope to accomplish? I wish to accomplish so many more techniques in art. Watercolor and acrylics is just the tip of the iceberg.

Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive and if yes, what is that message? Yes, there always is some message in the work created. Sometimes I don’t know what I want to say in my art until I have more of images in front of me. Sometimes brush strokes will tell me just where I want to go and say.

Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part-time versus full-time status, art positions and where your works are seen? Right in the middle of all the excitement that art can take me. My works can be seen at several businesses in Grass Valley and Nevada City. I am presently having a one-woman show at The Center for the Arts.

What kind of special training did you take? I have a Honorable Degree in Arts and Humanities. I graduated in May of 2000 at the new Nevada County Sierra College Campus. I had classes at the Placer County Art Docent program and take several classes through the community.

What is your favorite part of your endeavors? My favorite part of my endeavor is when I take a blank sheet of paper, and through a waving wand of magic, I have produced a piece of art.

What is your least favorite part of your endeavors? My least favorite part of my endeavor to paint is to take stock of what I have and need to do my art.

How many hours a day or, if more appropriate, a week do you spend on your work? I spend at least 20 hours a week involved in my art. An artist is always working to improve the work, and knowledge is so important to move to other disciplines.

Do you consider it hard work and could anyone do it? I so believe anyone can be an artist. I believe everyone has creativity. It’s only a matter of finding the kind of art you want to do.

Any other comments you’d like to include? In June my work will be displayed at the Nevada City Winery, Nevada City.


“The Artist” appears each week. To suggest a creative talent who should be profiled in this feature, contact Pam Jung at or 477-4232.

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