DK (Deke) Palecek
“What intrigues me most is the symbolism woven in the human brain that allows one simple stroke to suggest an intricate object or a complicated scene. I will never tire of the thrill of that phenomenon.”
My fascination with art, with painting, is a fascination with brain science and the power and plasticity of the brain. I focus on the link between the eye and the brain. The brain assimilates volumes of visual information in every moment and can translates it into a feeling or an experience within seconds. For me, painting is this process in slow motion. The challenge is not to lose this glimpse, this feeling, this experience, in the translation. The challenge is to provide just enough information to capture that moment. My ambition is to find that place where a single brushstroke becomes a solitary building or a whole street; a simple path or miles of landscape; the difference between warmth and comfort or solitude and empty space. I paint with this delightful, ceaseless challenge all around me.
Deke holds a BS in Mathematics from UW Madison and an MBA from UC Berkeley. After a career on Wall Street and as the CFO in start-up companies in San Francisco and Seattle, she turned to painting twelve years ago.
Deke is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, as well as a member Oil Painters of America and Portrait Society of America. She has been featured in art magazines including Plein Air Magazine and was awarded the Shirl Smithson Memorial Scholarship by Oil Painters of America.
Deke has won numerous Plein Air Awards including Best of Show in the Door County Invitational Plein Air Event.