Denise Sagan
Denise Sagan
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Gray Spring Flowers

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Rustico

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Early Spring Magnolia

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Blue Magnolia

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August Hydrangeas

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For Everything there is a Season

About Denise Sagan

Denise Sagan is a mixed media artist working in Fayetteville Arkansas. Her love for making art includes several mediums and styles from realism in graphite and colored pencil to abstraction in watercolor and encaustic. Born and raised in central Wisconsin, Denise went on to study art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design before finishing her art degree at the University of Arkansas. Her early art career included 19 years as an illustrator and designer for Hallmark Cards as well as creating several commissioned portraits in colored pencil, earning signature status with the Colored Pencil Society of America, and winning several awards. After discovering the medium of encaustic in 2012, Denise explored the world of abstraction. She developed her own surface of cracked plaster on burlap on which she now experiments with different mediums to create both abstract and representational pieces.

We are the sum of our experiences— both good and bad. The difficult experiences of life have the power to make us strong and resilient and give us character. Like the ancient Japanese art of mending broken pottery with gold or silver or the complex textures weathering makes on rocks and wood, my art shows how beauty can be made from the brokenness of life. The random cracks and imperfections in my work, both in my abstract and representational pieces, represent how imperfection yields strength and beauty. My work process relies on these imperfections. I start out with a surface of cracked plaster on burlap, which gives me the freedom to be creative. I paint this with watercolor and cover it with clear encaustic. Sometimes my work is finished at that point or it takes on a life of its own, as I add different mediums like pigmented wax, colored pencil, or oils.

About the art

Denise Sagan is a mixed media artist working in Fayetteville Arkansas. Her love for making art includes several mediums and styles from realism in graphite and colored pencil to abstraction in watercolor and encaustic. Born and raised in central Wisconsin, Denise went on to study art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design before finishing her art degree at the University of Arkansas. Her early art career included 19 years as an illustrator and designer for Hallmark Cards as well as creating several commissioned portraits in colored pencil, earning signature status with the Colored Pencil Society of America, and winning several awards. After discovering the medium of encaustic in 2012, Denise explored the world of abstraction. She developed her own surface of cracked plaster on burlap on which she now experiments with different mediums to create both abstract and representational pieces.

We are the sum of our experiences— both good and bad. The difficult experiences of life have the power to make us strong and resilient and give us character. Like the ancient Japanese art of mending broken pottery with gold or silver or the complex textures weathering makes on rocks and wood, my art shows how beauty can be made from the brokenness of life. The random cracks and imperfections in my work, both in my abstract and representational pieces, represent how imperfection yields strength and beauty. My work process relies on these imperfections. I start out with a surface of cracked plaster on burlap, which gives me the freedom to be creative. I paint this with watercolor and cover it with clear encaustic. Sometimes my work is finished at that point or it takes on a life of its own, as I add different mediums like pigmented wax, colored pencil, or oils.