Denise Krajnc - Artist and Teacher 

Let me introduce myself, I am Denise Krajnc and I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. I had my first formal private tuition at the age of 16 under renowned artist and tutor - Charles Moodie where I completed 4 years of training in oils. What seemed like months of tedious colour training before ever producing a painting, I can now see how it paved the way for paintings to be executed with perfect attention to detail. Little did I know then, how important that intense training would be for all that I endeavour to create today.

My greatest love is animals. I spend hours studying the habits and interactive behaviour of both animals and birds. They have their own personalities when observed closely, each one very much an individual. I have exceptional photographic equipment which allows me the opportunity to capture animals in their natural habitat and also have reference from the many zoos and wildlife reserves I have visited over the years.

For a big part of my career I have produced many works in pastel, having no formal training in this medium I was amazed at how it responded so well to wildlife works. I could finally acquire the softness in fur and feathers needed in animal studies.

I have been exhibiting over the past 30 years very successfully, with 2 best in show awards, 18 best pastel, many best fauna awards and highly commended awards along the way. I have commissioned works and private collections throughout Australia, U.K., America and Germany. I opened a country Gallery where I had a platform for my works, while also exhibiting in Gisbourn galleries and surrounding areas but now feel it is time to expand to reach a bigger audience through my workshops and private exhibitions as my ever changing journey unfolds.

I have more recently broadened my repertoire by producing large acrylic works, combining my keen sense of detail with a free flowing imagination resulting in works that although elementally realistic, depict a surreal emotional provoking message. I feel over the years I have very much grown as an artists and endeavour to expolore so many facets, techniques, and elements of creativity as I push the boundaries further.

I hold regular 2 day and 1 day workshops throughout Victoria and soon to be Australia wide, teaching like minded people from complete beginners to advanced, with the hope that they will be encouraged to develop this truly relaxing expression of themselves further. I also privately tutor students in my studio in Geelong 1-3 students per 2 hour time slots on a weekly basis. I feel thoroughly inspired when beginners walk away with a piece of art fit for any art show of their choice or just proud to hang them taking pride of place in their home.

My work first and foremost comes from an utter joy to create. It is intuitive and the subject needs to move me and always holds a strong emotional message. Be it in the strength of a powerful majestic lion or the vulnerable expression of a child's hope, it is my purpose to share this gift and hope this conveys strongly in everything I create.

Thankyou for taking the time to read my message and welcome to my website.

kindest regards Denise.