Local Artist Lets Creativity Flow

Sasha Bush
The Ashland Beacon 
   The wonderful thing about art is that there is no right or wrong way to go about it. With art, there are no mistakes, because art varies from person toPAPER
person and is a direct extension of your abstract thinking and innermost creativity. Local artist Krista Denny has tapped into that creativity and is making quite a splash here locally with her impressive and artistic displays of artwork. Denny developed a passion for art at an incredibly early age, “I have known since I was about 10 years old that art was my passion. Though I was doodling long before that. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school, that I started to create more, but it was solely for myself and the occasional painting for a family member. However, until this past year, I assumed everyone could do what I did so I never pursued it outside of personal pieces. I assumed my art would never amount to more than the occasional hobby. In this past year, I have fallen back in love with the creative process and every-thing that comes with it,” declared Denny.
   The beautiful thing about all forms of artwork is that art was not meant to be kept solely to yourself but instead shared with others. Creating a work of art is not about what you see but is more about what you make others see, how looking at your creations makes them feel, and what laying your heart and soul out on that canvas does not only for you but for others as well. Art is truly a freeing process and is a fantastic way to not only express yourself. Denny has always possessed that little spark of creativity flowing within her, but it wasn’t until later on in life with the help and guidance of a good friend that Denny truly realized her potential. 
   Denny shared, “I have always loved art. My previous art teacher at Raceland High School, really opened my eyes to the art world. I never attended an art class, but the art teacher there at the time took me under his wing and offered me artistic guidance and supplies. At the time I didn’t believe I could draw a stick figure, but he quickly noticed the skills I didn’t realize I had and showed me how to start using them with each creation I made. After graduation, I began to pursue other things- thinking art couldn’t be a career. A little over a year ago, I met someone who I am now very close with. That person took notice of my work and gave me the motivation I needed to begin to trust my skills. It was the way they saw my art, that made me want to continuously create until I fell in love with the process again. Nobody had ever told me before, that art could be my lifelong career. It was odd for me to finally step back and try to allow myself to see my art through other’s eyes, though I’m glad I did.” It was at this time that Denny’s spark of creativity truly transformed into an artistic inferno!
   You can find one of Denny’s most recent works of art on the outside wall of White’s Meat Market located at 2004 6th Street, Ashland. Denny enjoys all aspects of the creative process but shared with us that if she had to pick just one thing she enjoys most about her art, it would be the interaction that she gets to have with people. I love when people stop to ask questions or comment on what I am working on. I love that murals bring business to businesses and strike up conversations. Murals set a business aside from others by boosting marketing, which is my other favorite thing about them. I love the fact that I can use my skills in artwork to help promote a business in such a way that it helps both the business and myself widen our customer bases,” noted Denny.
   “The only thing I would like to add is that you have to believe in yourself and I don’t mean for that to sound cliché. If someone is telling you that you can’t do something that you’re passionate about, use that as your motivation to show them you can. My biggest critic has always been myself- believe in yourself and give yourself some credit for what you do. To the few who have shown me endless support since day one… I have much love for you!” declared Denny. If you would like to show your support to Denny or have a piece of artwork created by this artist on the rise, you can contact her on her Facebook page entitled, “Krista’s Limitless Designs” or call at 606.547.1758. 

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