My life has been driven by art. The artist eye looks to nature for inspiration, and then artist within translates these insights into an art work. Anything may appear onto the paper or canvas. The artist may channel the past, the present, or the future.
I am a Reiki healer, and use healing in my art process. As a artist and healer, I address the healing of our planet. I try to approach Climate Change, and our damaged environment, more as a spiritual issue. First we have to heal ourselves, and by doing so we will become aware of the reality of the global stress that humanity has caused.
I studied at the Art Students League, NYC, with professional artists of New York. I have a BA degree in Art, yet found my voice with my BA in Philosophy, and a Masters Degree in Fine Art.
My business has been painting murals. My favorite project I painted with my son, the children’s floor, Children’s Hospital, Central Valley. (www.dahartley.com).
I have a California teaching credential in Art, longing to share my experiences as a professional artist.
I have lived in the mountains of the Sierra’s in California, and at the sea in Monterey, and Santa Barbara. In New York City when I was young, and a few years ago, on the island of Kauai, teaching children with autism. I currently live in Oakdale, CA.
Lake Kaweah, a time piece that transformed two years of still photos into video,
was featured at the Kaweah Land and Arts Festival, at the Land and Arts Symposium (2009),
College of the Sequoia’s,Visalia, CA.
Received a commission from Sierra View Hospital, Porterville, CA,
to create a hospital floor of murals for the Children’s Hospital, Central Valley.
Studied at the Art Students League in NYC,
and has received BA degrees in Fine Art and in Philosophy (Religion).
MA is in Fine Art, New Media.
Received training from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in sculptural restoration.
Worked for the Nelson Rockefeller Trust,
at Kikuit Museum at Potanico Hills, N.Y.,
and worked for the conservator of the Whitney Museum, NYC.
Taught drawing in the Artist as Witness workshop at the Fresno Metropolitan Museum,
to children of migrant workers.
Received a diploma as a producer from the Hollywood Film School.
Assistant to Keaton Walker, 4 Emmy award recipient,
as Art Director of the Academy Awards, at the American Music Awards (2003).
Corporate purchases include four painting for Kaweah Delta Hospital, and the Sequoia Regional Cancer Center in Visalia, CA.
PRESS AND MEDIA REVIEWS:
Radio Interview, March 2003, one hour interview with Janet Flores, Wisdom and Compassion Show, KFCF (KPFA), Fresno CA.
Visalia Times Delta, February 26, 2004, Family’s Support is Artist’s Greatest Joy.
Fresno Bee, October 22, 2004, Sierra View Handles New Wing with Kid Gloves.
Lifestyles Magazine, July 2005, Denise Hartley, text by Carol Firstman.
Radio Interview, February 2013, with Liana Voia, Blog Talk Radio, Canada. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/multiplearts/2013/02/17/denise-hartley–fine-artist-and-muralist
Media Kit upon request, firstname.lastname@example.org