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Part-time Professional Artist & Photographer

I have been an artist since an early age. Both my parents had a natural ability to draw at an early age & I acquired their gift. When I began painting, acrylic was my medium of choice. My mother and I took up the hobby of photography when I was a teen. Since I traveled across country a few times by myself (lived in N.Y. 2 summers), my camera was always with me.

I chose a Psychology degree instead of a Fine Art Education, but studied art in junior high & high school, in gifted & talented art classes. From those instructors, I gained tremendous knowledge. I started using watercolor and pastels but kept pretty true to acrylic painting as I got older. I was a Colorado native until 1998, when I moved to Santa Barbara, CA, then to Ventura, CA in 2001. I also used my left brain in…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 26
  • Joined February 16, 2009

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photography, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, watercolor pencil, stained glass, mixed media, paper media, beads, fabric and anything UNIQUE

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About

Part-time Professional Artist & Photographer

I have been an artist since an early age. Both my parents had a natural ability to draw at an early age & I acquired their gift. When I began painting, acrylic was my medium of choice. My mother and I took up the hobby of photography when I was a teen. Since I traveled across country a few times by myself (lived in N.Y. 2 summers), my camera was always with me.

I chose a Psychology degree instead of a Fine Art Education, but studied art in junior high & high school, in gifted & talented art classes. From those instructors, I gained tremendous knowledge. I started using watercolor and pastels but kept pretty true to acrylic painting as I got older. I was a Colorado native until 1998, when I moved to Santa Barbara, CA, then to Ventura, CA in 2001. I also used my left brain in Business/Finance Administration and was part of the layoff epidemic after a 10 year Banking Administration career. I will eventually go back to school to become an Art Therapist.



A career in art has always been my goal, but I have not exhibited until the past five years. I began exhibiting art, but went to photography after 2 years, as I traveled the World and had many great photos from those trips. I have attended shows throughout California as well as the Santa Barbara I-Madonnari Street Painting Festival, where I brush up on my pastel painting skills in a 7 foot x 7 foot space on asphalt, which can be a challenge as the weather changes so much in a day. It is a very challenging, yet rewarding experience to create something on a large scale and have people watch you create every part of it. I also create mosaic tables, stained glass pieces, stepping stones, table fountains, jewelry, floral designs & anything that interests me at the time.

I created a balance between my career in Finance/Business Administration and what I was meant to do in life - help people. I hope to someday turn my creative pursuits into full time employment. I volunteered for the Dream Foundation as a Dream Captain, the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara, doing event planning and was a former Court Appointed Special Advocate, advocating for 3 abused/neglected siblings

I have two other Etsy shops: http://DenisesDelectables.etsy.com and http://EnsconcedBridal.etsy.com

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