Looking back at herself and her practice, Denise tells us how she began her artistic journey in a completely different environment in this interview:
-Question: What was your art path?
I’ve always had a passion for art since I was as young as 6 years old. I played around with oil paints, won a few awards in school, but had no technical training. I was accepted into the High School of Art and Design in New York City, but only lasted three months. I entered the corporate world, and never looked back… until recently. With that said, I believe that my creativity carried me through my career, in many forms.
-Question: Why the move from New York City to Houston?
I worked on Wall Street in New York until 1999, when I came to Houston to work in the energy industry. It wasn’t until 2018 that I started doing my artwork, and entered the Houston art scene.
-Question: What is the background of the "smoke and soot technique” ?
I came across something on Instagram and just started playing around, first with candles, then with kerosene. The ethereal feeling makes it special to me. You can’t control the smoke……and it just feels right.
Denise’s dramatic style captures the imagination, whether it be with bursts of bright colors or stark black and white. See more of her work here.