Hello and welcome to my Studio!My name is Denise Steele - I am a fine art painter, author, illustrator, and dancer (but not all at the same time!)
My passion, as a painter, is to bring to life exotic places, wildlife, dancers, and vintage subjects using a fusion of soft realistic and impressionistic styles, art deco elements of the 20s & 30s, and the dramatic use of lighting from the early Hollywood era.
Here's the wonderful Josephine Baker in a painting from a few years ago, it's called Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me.
This painting represents one of my favourite swing songs "Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me" as played by Sidney Bechet. It is a hauntingly beautiful slow Lindy Hop and Charleston tempo that I dearly love dancing to. The music, note for note, is at her feet.
The story of the painting has Josephine poised on the horizon of Paris as she is about to take the city by storm. Sitting next to her is her pet cheetah Chiquita watching Sidney Bechet play to her. It is rumoured they were lovers, but it is doubtful if either broke the others heart as they were both quick to love and leave. This song was written in 1919 and was at the height of popularity in its day.
My paintings are a mixed media presentation of dance, music, painting and sometimes ... apps! … I love to include the stories and people behind my inspiration and share them with you.
My new painting series is in progress – focusing first on a recent trip to Venice and including … shhhhh ... many wild and wonderful surprises!
Also my first book The Mystery of the Magna Carta is now published and available, and we are currently working on the interactive app-book version. Exciting times!
How it works
If you like my work, would like to enter my studio world, and become a patron of my artwork - just choose how much you want to pledge per month (honestly, even $1 makes a difference!) and select from the benefits such as monthly sketches to frame or colour for yourself or your children/friends, signed illustrated books, discounts on original paintings and hand embellished giclee prints, live Q&A’s or go behind the scenes on the projects I’m currently working on. I might even throw a dance step or two in if you'd like!
And please don’t worry! You can edit or cancel your pledge anytime you want.
As a patron - you would really make a huge difference in every aspect of my art world. Your pledges will truly give wings to my creative process by allowing me to focus on and share what I love as well as spending more time with you!
♥ Thank you so much for your time and interest, I hope you will join me in my travels into a world of exotic places, music, and dance! I really appreciate any support of my art you're willing to give. Blessings! ♥
Check out my work on my website, youtube & facebook!