Artist Bio or Statement / Bio de l’artiste ou la déclaration
Denise grew up on a farm in rural Missouri surrounded by animals and nature. As soon as she could hold a pencil she started drawing, and her world revolved around her art until she finished college. She also enjoyed math/computer science, so she earned both a BA in Art and a BS in Math/Computer Science concurrently from Truman State University, and later an MS in Computer Science from Ohio State University, focused on computer graphics. She worked for several Silicon Valley companies, was one of the developers of iPhoto at Apple and earned movie credits on Antz and Shrek at PDI/DreamWorks. Software engineering left little time or energy for creating art for 25+ years.
Finally the urge to return to art became too strong to ignore, so in 2010 she carved out the time to pursue it as a second career and quickly began earning local, national and international recognition for her work. She is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, the UK Colored Pencil Society and the Pencil Art Society.
Denise is inspired by resilience, character and beauty in nature, in people, and in unexpected places. She aims to engage the viewer in a longer, closer look to see these attributes in her subjects. By including fine details of a subject in her art, she encourages the viewer to notice and appreciate them in the real world, too. She works primarily in graphite and colored pencil because they offer the degree of control required to pull the viewer in closer for those details.
COLOURED PENCIL WORKS / LES OEUVRES EN CRAYONS DU COULEUR
COLOURED PENCIL & WAX PASTEL WORKS / LES OEUVRES EN CRAYONS DU COULEUR & PASTEL DE CIRE
GRAPHITE WORKS / LES OEUVRES EN GRAPHITE