denise collins

inspired to interpret natural history
in an abstract or distorted style


An interest in photography and natural history are the foundation of Denise's work, which she then interprets in an abstract or distorted style, working in a variety of mediums and forms, from painting to textiles via sculpture. Her many years of travel around Europe, from East to West, have provided her with inspiration and motivation.

She started painting as a mature student initially taking a course in Art and Design at the then Brighton Polytechnic.

Denise is an active member of the Adur Art Collective and The Attic Club, both based in the Sussex area. Through these and other organisations she has exhibited across Sussex and in London, and has also opened her own home to the public as part of Artists Open Houses in conjunction with The Brighton Festival, where her tea and cakes in the garden have been as popular as her work.

Recently she has been inspired by the possibilities of using a sewing machine to create exciting textile designs. Her aim is to provide a colourful and eye-catching work of art.


Denise works in a variety of mediums, letting her experimental side steer her. At the moment she has returned to oils after some time away!


With textiles, Denise starts by applying a background with paint, over which she adds oddments of materials and threads. She prefers to solidly cover an area with stitches, almost if she was using a brush on the paper.

She starts off with a rough idea or small image and simply lets the work take over and it is as if the piece develops itself. She is particularly fascinated by how colours react against or with each other.

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