Artist Statement | Current Work
What are the commonalities of the work produced by artist and entrepreneur Denise Cummings? One could say it’s her ability to isolate the fragments of natural subjects to create surreal appearances in her art.
A self-taught artist, her work comes from her passion for botanicals and organic forms. She attributes this to her grandmother, Sadie. It was she who first showed Denise how to embrace the plant world and, most importantly, the beauty of orchids. As a child, Denise played in Sadie’s garden and soon realized that all plants were beautiful, mysteriously influential, and powerful enough to persuade emotions. She soon found their potential to heal internally and externally – they have an intangible and ingenious way to change perspective. Indeed, they are quite powerful.
Later, Denise obtained a professional horticultural certification to gain knowledge, understand, and identify elements of flowering plants more deeply. With this specialty, she has designed landscapes, gardens, and interior designs. Continually branching out, she has become adept at painting with acrylics, gouache, and watercolors. She is also an avid photographer. Simply stated, Denise has dedicated her life to creating beauty.
Opting not to finish college, Denise attended the Fashion Institute of Technology. In the early 1990’s, she became an entrepreneur with the opening of Sessile Paper Co. As the artist, owner, and product designer, she developed a successful handmade product line. Colour Us Wild included stationery and a range of children’s products made up of naturally pigmented beeswax crayons, paper-making kits, and dimensional creatures for coloring.
Colour Us Wild sold in Barneys New York, Fred Segal, Aveda Lifestyle Stores, Origins Stores, Wild Oats, Wholefoods, and The Museum of Natural History in New York City. Many museums and children’s museum gift shops and numerous gift and specialty shops domestically and internationally sold the Colour Us Wild product line as well. Soon enough, mega brands Aveda, Fellisimo NYC, and Boston Market asked Denise to design specific products in keeping with her style.
In 2000 she took time off from her busy career to start a family while still pursuing her love of art. Denise experimented with different art forms and genres that have developed into the signature style she has today.