Denise Hoag Photo
The love of Art began for Denise as a child; drawing on anything & everything. When it came time to consider a career path her parents encouraged her to choose something sensible like working in a bank or being a teacher. Denise decided on Fashion Design.
She completed four years of Fashion Design study, where she had amazing instructors, but they said her work was too artistic and elaborate for “Pret-a-Porter”. Realizing that she was too kind hearted to fit in with the ultra-competitive world of fashion design; Denise went to work at Earthly Goods on Whyte Avenue-- a high end fashion fabric store that also had a small section of quilting fabrics. Although not a quilter, she discovered the quilt world encouraged people to create Wearable Art clothing.
Denise began a new adventure, creating Wearable Art and teaching workshops about fun, rebellious sewing techniques. Denise’s Wearable Art Garments have exhibited worldwide with the Bernina & Fairfield Fashion Shows. Her success in this area resulted in many invitations to speak and present her work.
She has been featured in Sew News Magazine, Canada Quilts Magazine, The Edmonton Journal, The Edmonton Sun and the Alberta Report. Denise is a dynamic keynote speaker inspiring audiences with her one-of-a kind Fashion Show/Motivational lecture presentations.
She shares the stories and “life lessons” behind the garments in ways people can relate to and use in their own lives. Art and Fashion combine with stories, to create insights, hope and courage.
A couple of years ago, Denise was visiting with her cousin and found herself saying: “The only reason I studied Fashion Design was it wasn’t Ok to be an Artist.” As tears flowed, Denise realized that there was something inside of her wanting to be expressed in a different way from anything she’d done before. Her friend Kerra Nelson suggested she join Ottwell Neighbours. The group was so warm and welcoming that Denise felt like she’d come home. After a bit of experimentation & exploration Denise discovered a new love: painting with acrylics. She says: “Being free to paint feels like a bird being let out of a cage.” So she freed her parakeets and they fly free with her in “The Soaring Peacock Studio.” There she also shares her love of Art with children teaching them to paint and encouraging them to explore their creativity.
Denise lives in Sherwood Park, AB with husband Chad, daughter Amanda, three cats & six birds. (The birds were so happy to be free they had babies.)
Email Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see more of her artwork on Fine Art America, visit her website at http://denisehoag.pixels.com. To see more of her remarkable Wearable Art Clothing or learn about her motivational speaking visit http://soaringpeacock.ca.