ALL WORK ON THIS SITE IS COPYRIGHT DENA LAZARENKO 2016
Dena has been working as a professional fine artist since 2006. Beginning in classical realism portraiture in both pencil and oils. Dena works freehand, and spent several years honing her painting skills while also learning the art of tattooing.
While she often uses the human skull and skeleton in her work, she finds the association with death secondary to it being a beautiful and core part of the human body. Often Juxtapozing what may be deemed ugly by society, with overtly beautiful items such as florals and various ornaments. Other series of hers have focused on portraiture and still life’s in her studio.
Having stepped away from tattooing for the time being. Dena is in the midst of working on a new painting series, with a focus on the Deaf and hard of hearing community and their stories.
Dena identifies as she/her, and is hoh. She exhibits her fine art throughout Vancouver where she often works, while she lives surrounded by the beautiful forests and wild life in Northern, B.C. creating art and small scale farming, alongside her daughter and husband.