Dell B. Magnuson Secor “Violet Series”

by Kathleen Huebener in Art Inspires Art

Dell B. Magnuson – Secor is an abstract artist whom I greatly respect. She often paints in series, such as this week’s “Art Inspires Art” artwork, “The Violet Series.” Although her violet paintings display different violets, her series format is similar to what Monet used in his “The Stacks” series. It does not only involve an interesting method of working, but also provides a better understanding of reality and a holistic vision of nature.

In the following weeks, I have the honor of presenting a few of
Dell B. Magnuson – Secor‘s artwork in “Art Inspires Art.”

  • Dell’s Artwork Part 1 includes this introduction and the pastel “Violet Series.”
  • Dell’s Artwork Part 2 will include artwork of water media abstracts.
  • Part 3 will include an array of Dell’s pine needle baskets.

Dell B. Magnuson – Secor’s “The Violet Series” featured here reveals a paradox. On one hand, she remains true to nature; on the other hand, as her work progresses, Dell’s love of abstracts begins to play a role, which you will probably recognize as you view her artwork. I think you will agree with me that she is a talented artist. These and more artworks in her “The Violet Series” will be in exhibition at Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa during June 7 to July 5, 2011.


All pieces are untitled; however, each piece has its own gallery number.

 Featured Artist: Dell B. Magnuson – Secor

Violet Series No. 6311-1 


Violet Series No. 6311-2
Violet Series No. 6311-3
Violet Series No. 6311-4
Violet Series No. 6311-5

 Violet Series No. 6311-6


Violet Series No. 6311-7

Be sure to view the water media abstracts by Dell B. Magnuson – Secor next Friday.

Different effects via the water media will definitely be thrilling!


Dell B. Magnuson – Secor
Dell B. Magnuson – Secor is a native Iowan,
a graduate of Iowa Wesleyan College in her hometown of Mt. Pleasant, where she received a B.A. degree in art. She subsequently taught art in the public school system for 23 years. She also taught classes through the Kirkwood Community Education system.

During her professional career, Dell has displayed art in several solo and group exhibitions. In 2000, The Project Art of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics invited her to have a solo show displaying Iowa Watercolor Landscapes. Selected group exhibits have included universities, art institutes, televised art shows, the Iowa Arts Council, Catiri’s Art Oasis Gallery, and the Amana Arts Guild Center. Dell was featured on the internet
as one of ten finalists for the 2004 Easter Seal Stamp Design.
She has received commissions for private art collections,
and was featured in Parade of Homes.

As well as several art organizations, Dell is a signature member and past Historian of the Iowa Watercolor Society; Secretary/Historian of the Iowa Pastel Society; Past President of Creative Artists, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a member of Iowa Artists.

Dell works in a variety of media, both two and three-dimensional. Her paintings are usually abstract. Composition and texture with a strong emphasis on color
are the key elements used to connect her creations with the viewer.

Dell’s work can be found at Catiri’s Art Oasis Gallery in Main Amana;
in Cedar Rapids, at the Wiederspan Gallery and at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Gift Shop. Her work is also in I Scallon Gallery & Arts in Ackly, Iowa
and Bluff Country Artists Gallery in Spring Grove, Minnesota.