'Walk on the Wild Side' exhibit features wildlife with piercing eyes

Deni Exhibit

Deni K., a supporter of the regional Seacrest Wolf Preserve, includes several paintings of the majestic animal in her "Walk on the Wild Side" exhibit at the Crestview Public Library. The eyes are the most captivating details on many of her animal paintings, including this lion, top right. Sea life depicted in Deni K's exhibit includes this dolphin, above.

BRIAN HUGHES/ News Bulletin
Published: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM.

CRESTVIEW — It's not hard to guess local artist Deni K.'s choice subject matter. The Crestview Public Library's exhibit wall is currently a menagerie of animal life.

Deni, who doesn't use her last name, is exhibiting her first exhibit, "A Walk on the Wild Side."

One of the most captivating details of Deni's animal paintings are the creatures' eyes. She painted the eyes of some of the wolf paintings on display with glow-in-the-dark paint.

Reference librarian Sandra Dreaden said the effect is wonderfully eerie when she and her colleagues turn off the library lights at the end of the day.

"It's like the animals are peering out of the darkness, watching you," Dreaden said.

Deni praised local art instructors who helped develop her talent. Those include Carolyn Stewart, who once had a Crestview studio, and teachers at the Journey Java Connection on Main Street and Artful Things in Niceville.

Deni hopes she can inspire other "closet artists," as she calls those who paint for fun but don't want to exhibit their art.

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