We had the good fortune of connecting with Denise Fulton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Denise, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
One of the best things about being a working artist is that it shows my children that they can pursue their own dreams. They see that doing the work makes me happy and brings me fulfillment. It also helps that what I do is tangible – something that they can understand and relate to their own pursuits.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been pursuing a professional art career for a decade and over that time my work has evolved, both in medium and content. I spent years focusing on landscape painting, trees in particular, in watercolor and then acrylic, but began to be more and more interested in the figure. With the move to figurative work, I also moved to working in oils. For me, figurative work is appealing because of its narrative possibilities. My latest series focuses on tragic literary heroines and in the paintings I ‘rewrite’ and reclaim their endings.Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m a homebody and so love that my neighborhood of 17 years, Hyde Park, has several great restaurants. My family’s favorite is Julio’s a cozy Mexican cafe with a dog-friendly outdoor patio. We also love going to Antonelli’s cheese shop to sample and take home their amazing selections.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to recognize the talented painters who are my friends and business partners: Jennifer Balkan & Karen Offutt. Together we run Atelier Dojo (www.atelierdojo.com), a hub of realist art instruction in Austin.