Kaili Dence Art

I was born in Utah, but Saline has been my home for the past 20 years. From an early age, I discovered joy in drawing and painting, and it became evident to me that I wanted to pursue a career as an artist. The emphasis on technique found in classical art inspired me to develop a representational style in my work. My inspiration comes from the natural beauty I observe in nature, people, and particularly wildlife. I hold a BFA with a concentration in painting and drawing from the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. Additionally, I studied figure drawing and fresco painting at SACI College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy. Continuing to refine my craft, I seek lessons from master oil and pastel artists.

My recent work is fueled by my passion for animals. Using my favorite mediums—pastels, charcoal, oil, and colored pencils—I aim to capture the unique personalities of each species. Charcoal allows me to create with precision, defining my animal compositions and enabling exploration of a range of values and mark-making. Pastels attract me for their vibrant, rich palette and their ability to produce beautiful luminosity.

Throughout the creative process, I feel a deep connection to the essence of these amazing creatures. My intention is to draw attention to wildlife preservation and encourage viewers to contemplate their relationship with nature.

Original pieces are available for purchase at The Gallery at Whitepine Studios and in the online gallery. Additionally, I accept commissions for pet portraits and other subjects. Feel free to call me for inquiries at 734-239-4569.

One of my pieces, titled “Eagle Owl,” was selected in 2022 for Art Around Saline, and “Red Eyed Green Tree Frog” was selected in 2023. Art Around Saline promotes local artists and displays reproductions of their work in downtown Saline. To read the full article from the Saline Post dated 5/18/2022, follow the link below. “Eagle Owl” can be seen at Murphy’s Crossing behind Macs Restaurant.

Member of the Great Lakes Pastel Society.

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2022 Art Around Saline Winner!

2023 Art Around Saline Winner!