A native of Louisiana Cajun country, DJ Hejtmanek (pronounced Hate’-mon-ik) developed a well-seasoned love for words and graphic design through her family’s printing business. During the global pandemic of 2020, her desire exploded into a passion for painting. She began to apply paint to canvas and has pursued all things painterly ever since, including formal art training through Milan Art Institute. Her unique style combines abstraction and realism in colorful portrayals of animals, women searching for meaning, and playful nonrepresentational abstracts.
“I’m fascinated with the power of the brush to convey truth, wonder, and delight. The rest of my life will be devoted to exploring the divine dance between brush strokes and words,” DJ said.
As an avid blogger, she continues to inspire spiritual exploration through her integration of visual and written mediums. DJ has produced over 200 paintings in the past two years, honing her mixed media art process and unique voice. “There’s no time to lose,” she said, “to leave my mark.” DJ has progressed from painting on her kitchen counter to a home office/studio to currently working in an industrial warehouse studio where she can paint on larger canvases. As a former marketer/editor/fundraiser, DJ possesses the drive and passion to carve her unique niche in the professional art world. She is building a successful art business, expanding beyond her home base in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area. What does the future hold for this silver-haired artist? “I look forward to years of adventure into abstracted worlds.”
I long for the song
across the ages,
invading my world,
hurled in force
to alter the course
— DJ Hejtmanek