We had the good fortune of connecting with Denise Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Denise, what inspires you?
My inspiration comes from so many places, but mostly nature and the ocean. The way the water moves, the reflection of the sun on the water, the array of colors in the ocean from various locations… it’s mesmerizing to me and I’m drawn to it. I try to recreate the fluid movement in my work, the seafoam along the shore and the beauty the ocean holds. I am also deeply inspired by other artists and their incredible works of art.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a mixed-media artist with a focus on ocean-inspired art. Most of my seascape pieces are created by mixing a combination of high-quality pigments and pastes with resin, and then manipulated across wooden panels, producing life-like foam and waves to imitate and mirror the tranquility of the ocean. I also enjoy straight acrylic painting, acrylic painting incorporating various textures, acrylic pouring and most recently, have delved into a fluid art bloom technique (called SheleeArtStyle). Over the years, I’ve been perfecting my skills of replicating oceans waves, which I’m very proud of, as it’s taken a lot of trial and error, but I know there is always room for improvement and taking it to the next level. My art has evolved due to a lot of experimentation, thinking outside of the box and taking risks. The main thing I’ve learned along the way is to believe in yourself and don’t be too critical of your work (something artists tend to do). My hope as an artist, is to evoke emotion in the pieces I create; for people to find them aesthetically pleasing, have a connection with them and of course, bring them joy in what they see.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Some hot spots in the city: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Arboretum, Reunion Tower, Klyde Warren Park, Bishop Arts District, Deep Elam, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Tower, Rock & Brews, Uchi Dallas.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, I have to thank my Mom, whom must have passed down the creative gene, as she’s incredibly talented in her artistic ability. She has always supported me and pushed me to keep reaching for the stars. My shoutout goes to an incredibly talented artist couple here in Dallas who have taught me so much. They are Erika Bauer and Jeff Thornton, an engaged dynamic duo couple know as Artist Till Death (ATD). They have a fantastic YouTube channel, do live events daily, offer classes/workshops and are so supportive. Their encouragement and mentorship over the years have been amazing and I simply cannot thank them enough.

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