Paint Annapolis is on the way! Learn more about the juried artists and get yourself ready for this historic Plein air painting festival. 

“I am an oil painter based in Northeastern Wisconsin and I am an imposter. We all have imposter syndrome to some degree, but I am certifiable. With a BS in Math, an MBA from Berkeley, and a job history that includes mathematician, investment banker, COO, Venture Capitalist, and Enchanted Queen of the Universe (I founded two companies and could choose any title I wanted), bona fide Artist was not on the career path.

“And so I pretend.

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“What intrigues me most is the symbolism woven in the human brain that allows one simple stroke to suggest an intricate object or a complicated scene. I will never tire of the thrill of that phenomenon.

Palecek Veil of Teal Annap
Artwork by D.K. Palecek

My fascination with art is a fascination with science and the power and plasticity of the brain.  I focus on the link between the eye and the brain. The brain assimilates volumes of visual information in every moment and can translate it into a feeling or an experience within seconds. For me, painting is this process in slow motion. The challenge is not to lose this glimpse, this feeling, this experience, in the translation. The challenge is to provide just enough information to capture that moment. My ambition is to find that place where a single brushstroke becomes a solitary building or a whole street; a simple path or miles of landscape. The difference between warmth and comfort or solitude and space. I paint with this delightful and ceaseless challenge.

Join DK as one of the juried artists for this year’s Paint Annapolis Plein air festival. Learn more at

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