"Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck. Your profession is what you're put here on earth to do, with such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling." - Vincent Van Gogh
Denise Henley is an award-winning artist residing in the U.S. It would be fair to say that she has been creating art most of her life but painting professionally since 1998. Featured in several group and solo exhibitions Denise has been the recipient of various awards and recognitions and her works are collected both nationally and internationally. A constituent of realism, she is continually perfecting her drawing skills, believing it to be the backbone of figure painting.
Henley's current work focuses on the simplification of forms and a combination of realism and abstract marks. To this end, she will reach for a painting knife as a way of eliminating fussy details that can make for a banal work of art. For her, the medium or style is inconsequential; the important thing is that a goal is realized. Denise is intoxicated with the human figure and excited to portray it as she sees it—simply beautiful.
"Too much reality in a portrait is always a disappointment to the imaginative soul. We love suggestion and not hard facts." - John F. Carlson
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