Simply West

Simply West

Dena Hill and Mahto

January 9 - 30, 2015

An exhibition of artwork by Dena Hill and Mahto.

Dena Hill

The Art Of Lydina

Dena Hill is a Fort Worth native and still resides in Fort Worth. She began drawing and painting in 2001, working mainly in watercolor for several years. She now concentrates primarily on works in oils. She has studied watercolor with Soon Warren and Ted Nuttall. Since beginning to work in oils, she has studied with Mahto Hogue, Gini Bosco, Irma Ward and Anna Rose Bain.

Her corporate career was in the cosmetics industry where she worked as a makeup artist and corporate trainer in sales and makeup artistry, leading to her love of painting portraits and figures. She also occasionally does animal portraits and landscapes. Dena would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about a commissioned oil painting of a beloved human or animal.

To view more of her work please visit her Facebook art page, The Art of Lydina, or her art blog,

Mahto Hogue

Boren Said It Well:

Goals As A Painter

I want to continue to grow in quality and strong expressionism. I see my work growing toward impressionistic looser brushwork. I want to do paintings as I feel and as they come naturally to me. As I go on, I feel that I want to leave out more.

I’d like to be able to do something that is recognizable as an individualistic way to paint, with a style of its own, and maybe to create a kind of beauty that a casual observer might not have seen. I hope to paint in such a way, with enough strength, that when I’m done, maybe fifty years from now, they’ll look back and say “He did good”.


To be a successful artist you have to have basic talent or inclination---a sense of proportion, a sense of creativity, a sense of design, a perception of spaces, distances, and forms. You have to have these perceptions. The basic talent is not nearly enough.

When people walk up and look at your paintings and say, “How wonderful to have all that talent”, they are really doing you an injustice because what makes you an artist is how well you develop this talent, how hard you work at it, how many long hours you paint, and how many paintings you throw away in the process of developing this talent.

The fact is you must work like the devil to develop talent with maturity. Michelangelo, probably the most talented artist ever born, yet even he said, “If people knew how hard I have had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful anymore”.