Relocated from Texas to New Mexico in 1976, it was here in the Land of Enchantment that Denise Imke finally found both the opportunity and the inspiration to pursue her lifelong interest in art. Exploring many and varied mediums, such as watercolor, pastel, pen & ink, and silver smith, Denise has always and inevitably returned to her first love – that of oil painting.
While working in several different genres from detailed portraiture to impressionistic landscapes, the classical still-life remains her favorite. However, Denise has often and taken her easel out on location to discover the joy and challenges of painting the beautiful and ever-changing landscapes of New Mexico.
After completing her early art training at both New Mexico Junior College, and Eastern New Mexico University, Denise Imke went on to study with such accomplished and well-known artists as: Cynthia Rowland, Robert Liberace, Qiang Haung, Ben Konis, Lois Easley, & Tom Darrah. In 2003, Denise received a merit scholarship to the prestigious Scottsdale Artists’ School, in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she studied with Sherrie McGraw. It was while at the Scottsdale Artists’ School that one of Denise’s paintings, entitled Copper Pot was juried and accepted to appear on exhibit in its annual “Best and Brightest” show. In 2010 Denise became an associate member of “Oil Painters of America” and has been a recipient of the Shirl Smithson Memorial Scholarship.
“After painting for over thirty years,” Denise states, “I feel that I have only scratched the surface. Art is an extremely important part of my life, and certainly the most fun.”
"Perhaps the most beautiful thing about art is that its appeal, meaning, and importance, are completely different for everyone. As an artist I hope to be able to demonstrate that there is something appealing to be found even in the most ordinary subject; something meaningful, in that it may invoke a memory or suggest a relationship; and most of all, that it becomes important in everyone’s life, whether it brings a smile, warms the heart, provokes thought or brings a measure of peace."