16725 Tamarind Road
Sugarloaf Key FL 33042
P: (412) 996-6179
DENISE ROSI GRAHAM Key West Artist
Since I was a little girl decorating mud pies with tulip petals I have loved being creative. Creating art is an essential part of my life. So much a part of my life sometimes it feels like art is my form of oxygen. In 1997, I discovered polymer clay by viewing the Carol Duval Show. My son’s elementary school art class introduced me to the more pliable Sculpey polymer clay. During the past 25 years my exploration of creating polymer art has evolved from jewelry and home decor items to sculptural paintings created with polymer clay.
Painting with watercolor was my first artistic background and over the past 7 years I have been excited to dovetail painting with polymer clay. My intention in the paintings is to delight and inform the viewer of my message and the versatility of Polymer Clay used as paint. The pigmented clay offers boundless possibilities to entice viewers to touch, look closely and be surprised by the medium. The dimensional properties of polymer allow for exploration into creative designs spotlighting the manipulation of color within the clay. Often the designs and patterns are thought to be painted on the work, when in fact the clay is the paint. As my journey working in the medium progresses so do my areas of interest. Currently my work is exploring the uses of mixed mediums to accentuate my art and push the limits of the use of polymer in larger and moveable art.