The work of Storm Lake artist Joleen Dentlinger is being featured in the artist's display area of the Center for Women at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. The work is open for viewing by the public during business hours. Works may be available for purchase from the artist as well.
Dentlinger was born and raised in Storm Lake, and began doing pen and ink drawings in the early 1980's after "trying" to paint for years. With painting she just couldn't develop the detail work that she wanted to achieve and needed in her art. Despite being a self-taught artist, she has attended and taught adult classes for a number of years. Having spent many years as a graphic artist, she continues to do freelancing under the company name, Unique
Inque, out of her home in Storm Lake.
Through this business she also sells originals, prints and note cards of her pen and inks. She is currently working as a graphic artist for Silk Screen Ink, located in Storm Lake.
Dentlinger has shown her work at numerous businesses, galleries and art shows over the past several years and has received many awards. Her works are in private and business collections throughout the Midwest, including a piece that hangs in Andy William's home in Branson, Missouri.
"History and its preservation rate very high in my heart, right behind home and family," she said of her work. "With my drawings I can document places and things that touched me, whether it's an old farmhouse, an old Chicago hotel or an intriguing landscape. By working in pen and ink, I strive and accomplish depth, intensity, detail, color and texture - in just a subtle way - as simple as black and white."