Denise was born in Gateshead, she studied Graphic Design and Printing along with Computer Aided Art and Design and graduated in 2002.
Denise is a digital artist of sorts, based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Her work is primarily inspired by a fascination with Japanese culture. Denise’s creative process begins with a drawing as sketching allows her to visualize and imagine the completed work. Her creations are heavily influenced by manga and especially by some of the artists of the Superflat movement (Chiho Aoshima, Yoshitomo Nara and Makoto Muramatsu) and also takes influence from Ukiyo-e and woodblock artists Katsushika Hokusai, Hishikawa Moronobu and Kitagawa Utamaro. These images can be transfered to almost anything with a printable surface.
Even though most of Denise’s work is created digitally, she can’t deny her love for traditional methods of drawing. The neo-Victorian fineliner illustrations are influenced by the sub-genre of science fiction. Denise particularly likes the evocative design of neo-Victorian fashions and style. Whilst the anthropomorphic illustrations also take influence from whimsical childhood memories; Alice in Wonderland, Brer Rabbit, Wind in the Willows, Rupert Bear and Tales from Fern Hollow.