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Denise Henley
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Portrait Artist

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The Model Pastel, 12" x 16" Inspired by a lovely young actress whose role as Helen Keller in the theatre production of "The Miracle Worker" caught the eye of a budding photographer which led to a photo shoot and the black & white photograph that would serve...

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A Favorite Hat 2 Pastel, 12" x 9" Soft pastels on wallis pastel paper. The obvious complementary colors were a deliberate choice, so too, was the use of layering various colors without blending to create the form.

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THE PONYTAIL Oil, 14" x 11" I painted this piece with brushes only, resisting the use of palette knife and too much blending.

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" Enchantment In The Grass" Oil, 18" x 24" x 1.5" Painted in oil using brushes and palette knives, I wanted to capture the beauty of the young model nestled in the grass on that lovely summer day in Colorado without being overly precisionist about my interp...

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AT A GLANCE Pastel, 11" x 14" This piece is painted on pastel board with a nice sanded tooth. I had a different back-ground planned but decided to change it. As an artist, you have to be flexible, the painting seldom evolves the way you initially envisioned...

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NEAL Pastel, 9" x 12" Painting the male model gives the artist a chance to appreciate the landscape of planes, angles, character lines that are more apparent with the masculine form. I used broken strokes to suggest the rugged skin quality. The challenge wa...

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"Daydreaming" Pastel, 9.5" x 12" At the end of a painting day, my model was quite tired and fell into a daydreaming pose. I was intrigued and decided to paint her in vivid colors as if to say "Wake Up!"

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Fiona Pastel, 9" x 12" I found the lighting and tilt of the head of this model very intriguing, not the typical pose for someone so young. I was quite surprised at the ease with which I painted her - none of the struggle I sometimes endure with some of my p...

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BLUE PASHMINA Oil, 16" x 20" This piece is painted in oil using both brushes and painting knives on stretched canvas. I don't use medium when I paint, if I need to thin the paint, I use a little walnut oil. I seek out materials that are as safe as possible ...

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Profile in Blue Pastel, 9" x 12" Using soft pastels and wallis paper, I painted this lovely young model in profile. She is quite comfortable and natural at posing and is fast becoming my muse.
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