An in home art selection

There isn’t much else an artist could ask for then for someone to take interest in the work enough to purchase it. I was recently fortunate to be given the opportunity to bring several of my paintings to a home in Columbine Valley to confirm whether or not they work in the space. We spent a few hours looking at the work and then arrived at the final destination for some of these fantastic works. The homeowner was thrilled and so was I as I left with a great sense of satisfaction to see the life the paintings will take beyond my studio and gallery.

I will be assisting in helping to get them framed as well offering a full service assistance to complete the decorating.

As a designer and artist I felt I had additional skill to assist with the placement and color selection for the art work in their home. It also didn’t hurt that one of these paintings had exhibited in several regional exhibitions and one international.

Many thanks for this opportunity to add 4 paintings to the collection. These were some of my best works and I am thrilled to be collected.

Drawing the Line

©Denise Demby, Too Little Too Late , oil on canvas

I was grateful to receive two books from my son last year titled “Sapiens” by Noah Harari and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. As I read his thoughts about Homo Sapien’s ability to entertain a myth and that those myths are what bind us together as a society, I was also taken by his thoughts on the increase in artificial intelligence and the movement he believes we are going towards human irrelevance.

As an artist, its something to ponder as it seems that computerization continues to make its way into all aspects of society including the methods and materials in art. Galleries seem to jump the bandwagon with many art forms being “laser cut” by machines and video art and laser lights.

I really don’t even object to any of these materials as art but wonder sometimes if in our search to create a “new” idea, compete in the market, we are confused between “new” and good. ( as discussed in ” Nothing if not critical” by Robert Hughes) In the search for the latest and greatest are we forsaking something valuable to us as a culture, our humanness in expression. With the video culture increasing every day is our aesthetic changing to a more sleek representational and digital image. Is the work of the hand moving in the same direction as the sapiens in the book?

New territory has always been an American sentiment but as artists and art appreciators can we define the boundary when artist ends and machine begins. Can we step back and recognize the difference where technology has changed aesthetics and where human expression can exist. Can we push back on the mental pollution and in our own humanness decide to draw the line.

The Artists Line

For an artist, the line to walk is a fragile one, a balancing act between the voices of life and the voices of creativity. Negotiation is commonplace with loved ones and jobs and money and time.

Peace seems attainable but is always just one more painting away.

Inspiration arrives along its own timeline and sometimes when least expected and all of a sudden….Time to get to work.


Materials: the smell of promise of a creative life. Please help them become more than just a tube of paint or a sheet of blank paper. The embossment in a plate that has to be touched and a moment to brace yourself. Will I do this  justice?

Stand before the canvas and then just decide.

Then detach with silent reservation and set it free going back to the land of never ending possibility.