Champion, Denise

Community: Bellingham
Phone: 407-460-1922
Media: oil painting, pastel

Past exhibits and events with Northwind

2017 Showcase artist (click to see all 2017 artists) | 2017 Small Expressions | 2016 Expressions Northwest

Artist Statement

“Color is a power that directly effects the soul.” Kandinsky

There is a language of color, in nature, that can only be interpreted by being there. This is why plein air painting so attracts me. Color does not express itself on film or from the corners of my mind, the way it does by being on location. The little small whispers of color in the shadows and the loud voices of the light, excite and inspire me.

The colors change constantly and very quickly, so it is important to be intuitive and spontaneous. Shapes, forms, patterns and most of all, the ways colors speak to each
other are what thrill me.

Each painting a new voice, a new story ... same language. The study of color has allowed me to see what is invisible to others and I have the joy of sharing my vision. Learning to trust the vocabulary and to listen, is the challenge. It is a solitary journey that is only completed when shared with others.


Working in pastels or oils. En plein aire and studio. Abstracting the landscape. I have been fortunate to have painted from Maui, where I started, to California, Europe,Southeast, Southwest and now the Pacific Northwest.

I have had the wonderful experience of owning and operating and establishing, 3 galleries, Maui, California, Phoenix, all still in existence. I taught college level oil painting, and color theory. I still teach workshops and do lectures, probably my favorite, as I love exchanging information and seeing the lights go on.

Northwest Pastel Society, (Currently, Vice President of the
Northwest Pastel Society.) Plein aire Painters of Washington

Most recently: Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, Dakota
Art Gallery, Bellingham, Wa; American Art Gallery, Tacoma,
Wa; Four Corners Gallery, Bellingham, Wa; Scott Milo Gallery,
Anacortes,Wa.; On the Edge Gallery, Scottsdale,Az.

Open Studios
Whatcom Artist Studio Tour, on the board and studio tour participant for 4 years

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