About Denise T

Born in the North East Region of the UK I left school at 16 and began working in the textile factories. Jobs where plentiful until the mid 80's when the industry slid into decline. I returned to education in 1994 and spent seven years studying art and design practises and in 2001, I graduated with a BA Hons Degree in International Textiles and Surface Pattern Design. Soon after graduating I took up a position as teacher of fine art textiles and along with this I worked in collaboration with local fashion designers as well as working as a freelance textile designer. I left teaching in 2004 to pursue a dream of creating my own label, however in 2008 the recession hit and like most small businesses I struggled to continue. Textiles and Art have long been my passion and although I continue to make textile pieces I have recently picked up my artist brushes and rekindled my love of painting. It's here that I begin my journey. Recently I joined two local art society's and have met some truly inspirational people who see something in my work and that makes me feel humble. I work mainly in water colours, its been ten years since I last picked up a paint brush. It's been suggested by my peers at the clubs I go to that I should work in oils so I'm concentrating on experimenting with different papers and painting mediums / techniques. Honing my skill to try and produce life like qualities within my work. I feel my work is very much in its infancy and although I've studied art and design practises I feel I've never really studied the real art of painting and thus my journey begins...