Stretched Canvas

Modern Lines

Contemporary White

Classical Baroque

Unframed print

Denise Howard, Santa Clara, CA
Member Since February 2011
Artist Statement Education
M.S. Computer and Information Science (computer graphics), Ohio State University, 1991
B.A. Art (studio arts), Truman State University 1982
B.S. Math/Computer Science, Truman State University, 1982

Dixon Ticonderoga Award for Exceptional Merit, CPSA International Exhibition, 2013
Utrecht Art Supplies Award, California Fine Art, Sacramento, CA, 2013
2nd Place, Fur, Feathers and Fins, Pacific Art League, 2013
Highly Commended, UKCPS Open International Exhibition, 2012
Award of Excellence, California Fine Art, Sacramento, CA, 2012
2D Best in Show, Coastal Arts League Annual Juried Show, Half Moon Bay, CA, 2011
3rd Place, All-Student Art Show, Truman State University, 1982

Juried Exhibits
UK Colored Pencil Society Open International Exhbition, England, 2011, 2012, 2013
Colored Pencil Society of America International Exhibition, 2011, 2012, 2013
UArt Open, Sacramento, CA, 2010, 2011, 2012
In the Garden, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, 2011
All-Student Art Show, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, 1982

Colored Pencil Society of America (President of northern California chapter)
UK Colored Pencil Society
Coastal Arts League (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Silicon Valley Open Studios

I grew up on a farm in rural Missouri surrounded by animals and nature. That connection is still with me. As soon as I could hold a pencil I started drawing, and my world revolved around my art until I entered college and realized that I'd also need to be able to make a living. Fortunately I also enjoyed math/computer science, so I earned both degrees concurrently. I worked for several Silicon Valley companies, was one of the developers of iPhoto at Apple and earned movie credits on "Antz" and "Shrek" at PDI/Dreamworks. But software engineering is all-consuming, so there was no time, or no energy, or both, for my art for 25+ years.

Finally the urge to return to my art became too strong to ignore, so in 2010 I took those steps and in 2011 I became devoted full-time to it.

I am inspired by combinations of resilience and beauty in nature and in people, and strive to engage the viewer in a longer, closer look to see these in my subjects. I work primarily in graphite and colored pencil; they offer the degree of control I require to pull the viewer in closer for details. I also draw portraits by commission; the challenge of creating a true likeness is never boring.


Product No 4687326
Subjects Animals, Insects, Landscape, Nature & Outdoors
Style Realism
Tags Denise, Howard, butterfly, colored, green, monarch, orange, pencil, realism, yellow