Denise Laurin’s work often centers around the dancer to express the universal movement from darkness into light and the physical into the non-material. So that her interpretation would emanate from personal understanding, Denise studied dance throughout her life. She works in oil, pastel, graphite and charcoal, gold leaf and collage.


At the New York Academy of Art, Denise studied with Peter Cox. Grace Cole and David Kassan also have played an instrumental role in her technical development. She holds a B.A. in Art and an M.A. in art history from Northern Illinois University. Before launching her fine art career, Denise owned a graphic design firm and was named Woman of the Year by Women in Design/ Chicago. 


Exhibitions include the Fine Arts Building, the Chicago Cultural Center, and other regional locations. Between 2009-2014, she lived in New York City, where she led a group show under the auspices of MoMA.

Denise is affiliated with Self Employment in the Arts, holds an advanced speaker certificate from Toastmasters, International, and is. a member of the National Portrait Society.