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Since I was a little girl playing, making mud pies decorated with tulip petals I have loved being creative. Creating art is an essential part of my life. So much a part of my life sometimes it feels like art is my form of oxygen.The polymer paintings I create attempt to offer surprise, inspiration, reflection,and questioning to the viewer.  My  intention in the paintings is to delight and inform the viewer of my message and the versatility of Polymer Clay.  Painting with watercolor was my first artistic background and polymer offers the exciting possibility of dovetailing two mediums in a meaningful way in the form of sculptural paintings.  The pigmented clay offers boundless possibilities to entice viewers to touch, look closely and be surprised by the medium. The dimensional properties of polymer allow for exploration into creative designs spotlighting the manipulation of color within the clay.  Often the designs and patterns are thought to be painting on the work, when in fact the clay is the paint by a technique called caning.  As my journey working in the medium progresses so do my areas of interest. Current  my work is exploring the uses of mixed mediums to accentuate my art and push the limits of the use of polymer in larger and moveable art. 

Publications:

From Polymer to Art "Fire"  2013 Edition 4

The Polymer Arts Magazine Summer 2013 “Mixed Media Polymer Wall Art  

The Polymer Arts Magazine Fall 2013  "Fundamental Structures in Wall Art"

Polymer Cafe Magazine October 2010 Gallery Runner Up  

Polymer Cafe Magazine August 2008 Vol. 6 No. 5 - Study of Shapes 

National Polymer Clay Guild 2008 PolyInformer article “The Cure”

Polymer Clay Creative Traditions by Judy Belcher image

Exhibitions: 

Transit Fine Art Gallery  - Featured Artist August 2013                                                                          

The Gallery in Saxonburg - April 2012

Fein Art Gallery Holiday Show 2011  

Art from Around the Corner Saxonburg Artist Co-Op, Oct. 2011

Planet Art Gallery - Polymer Clay Journey Nov. 2008

Fein Art Gallery Opening Show - April 2007

Pittsburgh Area Art League and Guild Shows - Award winner 2001, 2002, 2010  

Television:  

HGTVʼs “Thatʼs Clever” - Episode HCLVR-404 2007

Bethel Park Community Television Art Exhibition - Bethel Park, PA

Digital Presence:     

The Daily Polymer Arts Blog - Polymer in Flight - June 20, 2013                                             

Polymer Clay Daily - Back to School Polymer - August  20, 2012

Viola.eu.com Polymerista of the Week - February 14, 2010

Polymer Clay Daily, Grahamʼs Polymer Clay Watercolor - June 30, 2009 

www.etsy.com/shop/denisegrahamcreates                     

http://www.flickr.com/photos/denise_graham/               

Classes: CraftArtEdu   http://craftartedu.com/instructors/index/view/id/42/