Denise Fleisch: An abstract dream

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The greatest advice she was ever given was to never stop painting.

Practice, practice and more practice is what downtown Phoenix abstract artist Denise Fleisch lives by when creating her visual masterpieces.

For more than twenty years, Fleisch has been painting with oil on canvas. She recalls her time spent at the Cleveland Art Museum, which fueled her love for abstract art.

Fleische's minimal use of canvas space draws the viewer in to the bold colors she uses.  Photo by Noemi Gonzalez

Fleisch’s minimal use of canvas space draws the viewer in to the bold colors she uses.
Photo by Noemi Gonzalez

These paintings inspired her to try and create her own pieces to decorate her home. As a child, she found that this form of art revealed the true passion of the artist.

Her craft began with a desire to design, she says. Fleisch received a degree in graphic design, providing her a skill set that has led to her creations today.

Balance is a key component of her work, Fleisch says.

“If it doesn’t balance it really doesn’t work,” she says.

Drawing inspiration from her outdoor studio nestled between the quiet desert landscape and her Scottsdale home, Fleisch feels that when people buy her art, they are seeing a reflection of her happiness.

Fleisch believes her style of painting sets her apart from other abstract artists. From the different colored paints she uses to the creative technique of how she applies the paint, what distinguishes her art is that it comes from her.

She finds great importance in looking at the long run and the big picture of life. The advice she gives to any student in the pursuit of their dreams is this: Don’t stop.

“Don’t stop thinking about what you really, really want,” Fleisch says. “Nothing’s going to stop you but you. If you fail miserably, at least you gave it a shot, and that’s not even failing. That’s putting it out there.”

 

Fleisch's abstract art is about making colors come together to create something brilliant, as she says.  Photo by Noemi Gonzalez

Fleisch’s abstract art is about making colors come together to create something brilliant, as she says.
Photo by Noemi Gonzalez

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Not only does Fleisch create art that focuses on negative space, but her use of texture and specific color literally reach out to the viewer.
Photo by Noemi Gonzalez

Sharing her space with another local artist during July's First Friday, Fleish's layout draws most viewers in. Photo by Noemi Gonzalez

Sharing her space with another local artist during July’s First Friday, Fleish’s layout draws most viewers in.
Photo by Noemi Gonzalez

At a July First Friday, spectators came and went to Fleish's gallery, engaging with the artist's gregarious nature.  Photo by Noemi Gonzalez

At a July First Friday, spectators came and went to Fleish’s gallery, engaging with the artist’s gregarious nature.
Photo by Noemi Gonzalez

Fleisch's July First Friday appearance started off slow, but as the evening went on, the attendees grew in number. Photo by Noemi Gonzalez

Fleisch’s July First Friday appearance started off slow, but as the evening went on, the attendees grew in number.
Photo by Noemi Gonzalez

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