While studying abroad in Greece and Italy, imagery of the ancient artists inspired Denise to create legends and myths of her own. "My art is steeped in the tradition of contemporary figurative drawing and sculpting, specifically portraiture and the human form. Using a combination of mediums, layers naturally occur in my work. Through this stratum of mark-making, personas emerge in a captured moment. True stories, moral tales or something left unsaid, my characters sway in an ambiguous world constructed of scraped paint, erased lines, pinched clay, and smudged marks."