About Denise

Living in an extraordinarily beautiful place and being surrounded by a family of artisans has fueled Denise’s creative spirit and helped refine her artistic eye from a young age. Some of her earliest memories are drawing with her parents in the living room of their Sonoma County home and she received awards for her work as early as elementary school.

During her youth, she experimented with many mediums, as all have their unique process and finished product. The artist took every opportunity to create art during her school years; at school and on her own time. Watercolor has always been the artist’s favorite medium, as it is known for being the most difficult paint to master due to the fluidity of the pigment and the challenge of preserving the white paper for the lights and whites. In contrast to oils and acrylics, white paint does not exist in watercolor; merely the white paper must be preserved to have that effect.

As an undergraduate, she continued to study art under the instruction of artists James Hiroshi Suzuki and Jack Ogden, and earned dual degrees in Business Administration/Accounting and Two-Dimensional Studio Art.

After a successful career as a corporate accountant in San Francisco and raising two wonderful children, Denise is currently focused on her art interests full-time and has opened a watermedia studio in a historical railroad building in San Anselmo, California.

In addition to watercolor, she is proficient in a variety of mediums including: oils, acrylics, pastels, pencil, charcoal, ink, silk-screen, block printing and the lost art of calligraphy.

Denise is a member of the National Watercolor Society, Marin Society of Artists and Marin Open Studios and has earned awards for her intricate and delicate work in watermedia.