Description The best part of autumn is trees that change color to the most brilliant reds, yellows and oranges imaginable. Against a clear blue sky and with bright sunlight shining through them, red maple leaves become beacons. Colored pencil on drafting film.
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
Awards 3rd Place, All-Student Art Show, Truman State University, 1982
Juried Exhibits UK Colored Pencil Society Open International Exhbition, London, England, 2011 UArt Open, Sacramento, CA, 2011 Colored Pencil Society of America International Exhibition, Dallas, TX, 2011 In the Garden, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, 2011 UArt Open, San Jose, CA, 2010 All-Student Art Show, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, 1982
Memberships Colored Pencil Society of America (Vice President of northern California chapter)
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.