Portraiture and figure painting is a subject that Destany feels drawn to. In her words, “There is nothing so complex and intriguing as the human face. I find beauty in every feature of every subject.” Although quite adept at romantically depicting floral arrangements, buildings or landscapes, nothing quite captures our imaginations as the intentful gaze of a face rendered in oil by an artists skilled hand. Destany studies her subjects and loves to hear stories about them, getting to know each of them so that she can capture their spirit and personality as well as their likeness. Her years of studying anatomy and the human form allow her to work from life or from photos, where she can easily spot and correct photo-distortion that others may not even see until it is pointed out to them.
Working with Destany is easy and she knows just how to make you feel completely comfortable. She will walk you through the entire process, from discussing the concept of the portrait, all the way until completion. She prides herself on being personable, approachable and extremely down to earth. She will not end work on a painting until she knows her client is totally pleased with it.
Destany works and lives just outside of Kansas City Missouri, with her husband Joe, and their four children. Apart from oil painting, she expresses herself artistically through many different interests including drawing, sewing and clothing design, creating her own knitting patterns, and writing – art, in every form.