Painter, originally from Ontario, Denise has lived in several states and other than her original home; the past 25 years have been an exploration of living in several beach towns and 15 years in New Orleans, her second "home". She started drawing at a very young age with a gift of beginner artists' supplies when she was 7 years old. By high school, embraced by art teachers after her mom passed away at 39 from leukemia, she started studying portraits and figures. The young entrepreneur she was, she sold copies of drawings to fellow students of some musicians of the 1980's to fellow high school students. Again in University of Windsor art studies, she found her figure drawing and a watercolor professors, who she believed worked outside of the typical curriculum of that time in the late 80's, to be her greatest influences, although the rest of the program did not suit her artistic and entrepreneurial drive. Shortly after school, she opened a local art supply shop and gallery and conducted art lessons. She admits looking back, although a crazy venture to want to have a business at such a young age, it was a great learning experience and very telling.
In 1993 she moved to the Southern US from the Carolinas, Georgia, Arizona, Florida and Louisiana to spread her artistic wings. With those great intentions, life and careers, other than art, got in the way of painting for many years; just doing some artwork when she could, mostly watercolor. She always had the desire to be a full-time artist, told by some she couldn't (since art is just a hobby she was informed) and encouraged fully by others. It was a struggle to battle that need. However, tell her she cannot and her determination to succeed skyrockets!
In 2012, in New Orleans, working too many hours in a corporate job, still struggling to fit in painting time, she made the important decision to take charge of her life and created a painting (Throw Me Something Mister!) then the artwork flowed! She moved to Florida to escape "real life" and gain some new inspiration. Never afraid of failure or change, she returned to New Orleans. It wasn't until a life-threatening stressor and another move closer to family, Denise, now at 49 years old, is finally living the life she intended for many years. Admitting it is not easy to live life as a full time artist and it is walking the thin line of a tight rope, she would not have it any other way.
Today, enjoying the simple life, she knocks out more paintings than ever that depict slices of daily life over the many years. She creates narrative paintings with a lot of color and a hint of whimsey and dives deep into sketching and drawing. She is also teaching from her studio, what she calls coaching and motivating to push students to the next level of creativity, technique and color. And...she is looking for the next adventure in art, the next possible move to keep the inspiration flowing with the people she meets and places she experiences.
As a friend told her with encouragement as she was making fearful moves in her art career, "Just let your art catch everyone's attention".
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