Artist Statement

I wake up most mornings and head off to my studio with papers in one hand, paint in the other and something in my mind I can't wait to get onto a canvas.  The days adventure starts from there. Often using cast-off papers and substrates as my favorite mediums to work with, I'm always surprised at what people toss away.  I feel like I'm saving valuable resources while creating something of beauty with them in the process.

There are so many wonderful avenues to take in art.  I love the exploration!  Whether I'm standing in front of my easel or a classroom full of students, it's what keeps me excited about this expressive journey: it's ever changing, aways adventurous and completely delightful.  


Denise's background includes parallel careers in both visual presentation and as a faux finish and mural artist. Mural work eventually led her to painting on canvas, and her merchandising eye for putting things together stirred an interest in mixed media and assemblage art. Originally a self-taught artist, once Denise began painting on canvas, she learned as much as she could about painting techniques by taking countless classes and workshops. Her current work merges assemblage with fine art painting, her use of layered papers and textures serve as a ground upon which her semi-abstract paintings are built. Along with creating in her Southern California studio, Denise teaches mixed media painting classes and is a founding member of the San Diego professional artists group, F1VEart.

Exhibits and Awards


Collage Artisit Of America • Picking Up The Pieces • International Juried Exhibit
Into The Wild • Art Fluent
All About Women • Marin Society Of Artists
Women Artists Making Their Mark • O'Hanlon Center For The Arts • Online Gallery
Hype Show • Sudio Door • San Diego

Ocenanside Museum Of Art • Art On the Terrace Show  
conTEXT• Art Fluent 
Femme • Art Fluent 

Spring Juried Show • Sylvia White Galley • Agoura Hills CA
Women In Art • Las Laguna Gallery * Laguna CA
Stretched Imagination • Juror Chi Essary • Oceanside Museum Of Art


San Diego Watercolor Society International Show • Juror Micheal Reardon • Jordon Ressler Award
Neutral & Natural • Juror Pasha Turley
Many Faces Of Red • Juror Lisa Bebi • Ashton Gallery
Tapping • Student Teacher show with Marla English
Centered On The Center • Huntington Beach Art Center


New Beginnings • Oceanside Museum Of Art /Juror Kate Ashton • Owner of Ashton Gallery San Diego
Art Of Love • Ashton Gallery
National Crow Show • Juror Chris Redfern / Executive Director of the San Diego Audubon Society • The Studio Door San Diego
Ivory Dreams • Jurors Peter & Ann Pfau / Art Collectors • Honorable Mention Award
Double Trouble • Juror Elizabeth Cumming / Art Curator • Best In Show
San Diego Fair Fine Art • Two Honorable Mentions
75 & Sunny • Juror Cindy Blumkin • Ashton Gallery
Growing Wild • Oceanside Museum Of Art Art Alliance • Jurors Kathi McCord & Peter Tobias • San Diego Botanical Gardens 
True Blue • Juror Liz Jardin • Ashton Gallery
All Mixed Up• Jurors Lois Draper & Cliff MacRenolds


 Piece By Piece / Assemblage Art   Solo Exhibit •  Encinitas Program For The Arts
Assemblage Art / Mixed Media Art • Two Honorable Mentions • San Diego County Fair Fine Art Show
Creamsicle • Jurors Tina & Craig Abernethy / Art Collectors • First Place Award • Ashton Gallery 
Going Green • Juror Brenda York / Artist • Ashton Gallery 
Papered • Juror Kate Ashton /Jurors Choice Award • Ashton Gallery
Home & Harvest •Jurors Mary & Ken Hotelling / Art Collectors • Honorable Mention • Ashton Gallery
Blackout National Show • Juror Daniel Foster / 30 year career in arts & museum • Ashton Gallery