Bio & Show History

Denises art style is a fusion of Eastern & Western painting traditions, combining precise realism with soft impressionism. Her background in dance gives her a passion for dancers and musicians of different cultures, but especially for the Jazz & Swing era.


She is steeped in the history of the 1920s to the 1940s enjoying the architecture and fashion of the Art Deco period from different countries. Her love of wild life and tropical themes surrounds her subjects. And the contrasty lighting of the film noir and silent film era tend to light her subjects. But her main trademark is that her paintings illustrate the songs and music of the era she loves so much.


Denises background is in watercolors, Chinese Brush painting, oils and acrylics. She studied art through out school, and with Master Chinese Brush Painter Pei Jen Hao for 15 years. In 1982 she went to China, just as it was opening up, to travel and paint with Master Hao and other students.


Denise started painting when she was about 5 or 6 years old. Along with dance it is one of her great passions. Professionally, she began her own Art Studio in the early 1980s as part of an artist co-operative in Palo Alto, California.


Currently Denise is working on several shows: a Jazz/Swing series featuring Josephine Baker & Frankie Manning, a Tango series, a Tribal Bellydance series, a Vintage Seaside series, and a Country Faire series.


Her work is available as original paintings, giclees (prints), greeting cards, and wearable art.  There are also many priceless DVDs of legendary dancers Denise has had the priveledge to dance with and film.  Please visit the store for more details!


Art inspired by early Jazz, Swing and Tropical Heat


Show History



2013  Le Petit Louvre, Eugene, Oregon

2012  Le Petit Louvre, Eugene, Oregon

2011  Le Petit Louvre, Eugene, Oregon

2010  Tribal Bellydance Art Show, Eugene, Oregon

2009  Le Petit Louvre, Eugene, Oregon

2008  New Zone Gallery, Eugene, Oregon, USA

2007  Le Petit Louvre Art Gallery, Herrang, Sweden

1978  Woodside, CA

1977  Artifactory, Palo Alto, CA

1976  Artifactory, Palo Alto, CA

1975  Artifactory, Palo Alto, CA



2009  New Zone Gallery

2008  Le Petit Louvre, Eugene, Oregon

New Zone Gallery 2008

New Zone Gallery 2007

New Zone Gallery 2006

New Zone Gallery 2005

New Zone Gallery 2004

New Zone Gallery 2003

New Zone Gallery 2002

Hewlett Packard, Palo Alto, 1983



Cover of Dancing USA and article, 1995, 1996, 1998

InStep Magazine, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999


Collectors: 2006 - 2013  Michael D’Angelo Collection has commissioned 5 paintings


Publishers: 2009 Visoni Publishers, UK:  Prints and Greeting cards.