Living in northern Wisconsin is wonderful but creating art in this fantastic, scenic enviroment is GREAT! I draw my inspiration from the beauty that surrounds me. I have never minded the moniker of 'landscape artist". Landscapes have always drawn my attention-plowed fields, towering white pines, cloud formations-they get my creative juices flowing. Of late my attention has been taken with birds, especially the sandhill cranes, two of whom have chosen to nest in the bog behind my house.
Born in central Wisconsin on the edge of Chequamegon National Forest. I spent most of my days outdoors. The rule was when the street lights came on I had to be home. My days were spent making mud and honeysuckle pies using materials found in the woods by my house, in winter skating on a small pond in the field behind our house or building tree houses and swamp house out of branches and bushes.
Original paintings are inspired by colors of nature created by painting in watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media with threads, papers, and beads. Natural subjects are painted in semi-abstract and abstract methods, allowing the viewers’ eyes to bring their own interpretation to each piece. Watercolors can be subtle, such as a morning fog over a Great Lake or vibrant, showing the perils of a Lake Superior storm. All of Denise’s work are originals with many additional pieces available if you contact the artist.
A watercolorist for several years, Denise finds color through the earth’s seasons. She lives part of the year on the south shore of Lake Superior where she draws inspiration from the colors of the sky, water, sand, and earth. Denise paints semi-abstract and abstract watercolor and mixed media with attention to color, shape, texture, and composition. She is retired from the University of Minnesota where she was a professor of design and design research.